Lil Wayne Sued by Former Manager Over YouTube Video
Incarcerated rapper Lil Wayne is once again being sued by his former manager, Melissa Philipian.
In 2006, Philipian filed a lawsuit against Wayne, stating that she was owed $500,000 in commissions, plus 15 percent of his total earnings, after being fired by Wayne the year prior.
Philipian claimed that the Young Money leader had allegedly signed a 3-year agreement with her company, White Tides Entertainment Group, and that she had booked Wayne for 21 shows. Wayne counter-argued that he had no knowledge of such an agreement, and that Philipian had forged his signature on the contract.
The case was ultimately settled for $375,000 out of court, but now Philipian has filed another suit, accusing Wayne, Cash Money and their record label, Universal Music Group, of defamation, fraud and breach of contract, after a YouTube video surfaced suggesting that Wayne had lied under oath during their last legal battle. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Weezy apparently discusses his working relationship with Philipian in the video, saying she was the best thing that had happened to his career.
Philipian further claims that she was blackballed by Wayne, who allegedly refused to work with any artist associated with her or her company, damaging her relationship with one of her other clients, Young Money rapper Tyga. Representatives for Wayne, Cash Money and Universal have yet to comment on the suit.
Wayne is expected to be released from prison in November, after having served eight months of a one-year sentence for weapons possession.