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Damon “Dame” Dash Suing We TV Over Allowing Son To Drink Liquor

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Damon “Dame” Dash has launched a lawsuit against the We TV network because he claims they allowed his son, Damon “Boogie” Dash to drink alcohol on the Growing Up Hip Hop show to help increase ratings. The former Roc-A-Fella executive says that We TV verbally agreed to not give Boogie Dash alcohol but says the network pushed it on the younger Dash anyway.


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reports that Dash, 48, filed paperwork alleging that We TV fed his 29-year-old son booze in an effort to jazz up the show. The outlet says that the family suffered emotional distress because of the network giving Boogie access to drinks. Dash also says We TV also owes him money for work he performed for Growing Up Hip Hop.

Dash shared in the filings that there is a court order to direct any money earned from We TV to his creditors, but says We TV is actually keeping the cash away from him for unknown reasons. In the papers, Dash wants whatever owed monies to go to his company, Poppington.

Since late last year, Dash has been embroiled in a number of financial struggles, including being unable to pay a $2,400 debt last November. He also owes back child support in the hundreds of thousands. The women seeking the back support, Rachel Roy and Cindy Morales, are looking to take what’s owed to them from the $5 million settlement between director Lee Daniels and Dash. Roy and Morales launched a lawsuit last year to obtain the owed child support payments.

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Dame Dash Hit With $50 Million Lawsuit For Alleged Sexual Assault

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Dame Dash is headed back to court, but this time he is facing a $50 million dollar lawsuit for allegedly sexually assaulting a photographer.

In court documents obtained by The Blast, famed photographer Monique Bunn has filed a $50 million federal lawsuit against Damon Dash, his fiancé Raquel Horn and his entertainment companies Damon Dash Studios and Poppington LLC for an alleged sexual assault that took place in his home in April.

According to the lawsuit filed by Bunn’s attorney, Chris Brown, “In April 2019, Bunn was in contact with Dash and Horn. Dash wanted Bunn, an existing business associate, to meet with him and shoot new programming for Poppington and DDS.” Bunn was flown out to Los Angeles to meet with Dash and Horn. Once arriving, she immediately started shooting the material for Dash’s companies. “At the conclusion of the evening Dash and others brought Bunn back to the Dash residence where Bunn was staying during the trip,” read the complaint. She was told she would be sleeping in Dash’s daughter’s room.

The complaint goes on to detail the incident that occurred in Dash’s home stating:

“While Bunn was at the Dash residence on April 18, 2019, in the late evening, Dash sexually assaulted Bunn. While Bunn was sleeping, Dash approached Bunn and placed his hand on Bunn’s breasts and placed hands/fingers on Bunn’s buttocks. Dash did not have the permission or consent to touch Bunn’s sexual organs. Dash was wearing a robe and had no underwear on. Dash had been drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana all day.”

As of press time, neither Dame Dash nor his fiancé Raquel Horn have responded to the complaint. We will keep you updated as this story develops.

In the meantime, check out the trailer to Dame Dash’s latest show Line Em Up,where he claims he’s addressing all attacks; set to launch in 2020.

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Slippery: Migos Wins “Walk It Talk It” Copyright Lawsuit

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More money more problems continues to ring as an applicable mantra in Hip-Hop. Thankfully Migos dodged a big legal bullet this week that will let them keep their coins.

Complex is reporting that the trio landed a victory in their copyright infringement battle over “Walk It Talk It.” In 2018 a rapper by the name of M.O.S. filed a suit against the group claiming they shark bit his track “Walk It Like I Talk It” from his 2008 mixtape It’s Like A Movie. The paperwork stated that he was requesting a monetary payout for “unspecified damages” and “demanded that defendants immediately cease and desist from any further use of” of the song in question.

According to article, Migos came out victorious as U.S. District Judge Analisa Nadine Torres ruled in their favor. On Tuesday, November 12 the magistrate dismissed the copyright infringement lawsuit citing that the phrase “Walk It Like I Talk It” is too much of common phrase to copyright. She also pointed to other Rap records that also mention the line as further evidence (Paul Wall’s “March ‘n’ Step”).

“Because songwriters must be free to borrow sayings and expressions from popular culture, the Second Circuit and courts in this district have found that short and commonplace phrases are not protectable, even when used as the title or repeated lyrics of a song, as is the case here,” Torres explained. “The only similarity between the two works at issue, the lyrics ‘Walk It Like I Talk It’, is not original to the author and is, therefore, not protected by the copyright laws.”

You can listen to M.O.S.’ song below if you care.

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Run Me My Money!: Lauryn Hill Sued Cousin Over Unpaid Loan

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Lauryn Hill may have had issues with tardiness and the IRS, but when it comes to a loan she gave a close relative-she expects her money on time.

According to The Blast (editor’s note: this was first reported last year by Bossip), Lauryn Hill is suing her cousin, Gerald Hill, over an unpaid loan that the singer loaned him in 2017. Court documents show that Lauryn Hill loaned her cousin $65,000 interest-free as long as the loan was repaid in full by September 2017. The contract drafted by Hill at the time states that failure to pay would result in an added 10% simple annual interest until the loan was settled.

Despite the reasonable terms, the “Doo-Wop” singer claimed that her cousin has yet to pay back anything on the loan and headed to court in June of this year, accusing Gerald Hill of breach of contract and sued him for $65,000 plus attorney fees.

“Defendant did not repay any portion of the loan on or before September 15, 2017, triggering the interest rate provision of the Loan Agreement. Furthermore, despite demand for repayment, to date Defendant has not repaid any of the $65,000 principal due and owing under the loan agreement or any of the interest amounts that became due and owing following Defendant’s non-payment.”

Although served, Gerald Hill was a no show at court leading the judge to decide in favor of Lauryn, granting her a default judgement in August. The court order read:

“Judgment is hereby entered in favor of Plaintiff and against Defendant in the amount of $72,886.62 consisting of $71,228.95 in damages, including contractual interest, attorneys’ fees in the amount of $1,401 and costs in the amount of $256.67.”

Even with a default judgement, Lauryn Hill was forced to head back to court after her cousin continued to refuse to make a payment. On October 22, the “Ex-Factor” singer submitted subpoenas requesting the court to review Gerald Hill’s finances, assets and income to assist with repayment. Hill also is petitioning the judge to demand that Gerald produce statements and show up to court.

As of press time, the case is ongoing.

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DMX & Ruff Ryder’s Producer Dame Grease Files $2M Lawsuit Against Rasheed “Ralo” Harrison Over Royalties

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Dame Grease, responsible for the Ruff Ryders sound, many of DMX’s early hits, and some of Max B’s potent bangers now seeks back pay after alleging his publishing catalog was stolen from him. The New York veteran filed sued against Rasheed “Ralo” Harrison and his company for allegedly forging Grease’s name in order to reap the benefits of royalties from the millions of records sold under the producer’s guiding hand.


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exclusively reports that Grease has filed court papers against Harrison, claiming that the Wonder Boy Publishing honcho managed to illegally obtain the rights to Grease’s catalog and royalty statements. In a statement to BOSSIP and further reporting from the outlet, Grease realized that along with him getting fleeced, Harrison may have pulled this move on others as well.

“Actually, my first thought was to get on some street s**t,” Grease tells BOSSIP. “With selling 60 million records, I knew the residuals weren’t coming back. I was seeing royalty statements for a couple of hundred dollars.”

Keep up with Dame Grease on Instagram here.  Salute to the new Snoop Dogg, the new Lou Rawls.

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Megan Thee Stallion Lets Loose Legal Team On Her Make Up Artist

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Meg Thee Stallion has a clear understanding how valuable her brand is. So much so she might have to put one of her former associates in legal check.

TMZ is reporting that the Rap bombshell is flexing her legal muscle against ex or soon to be ex make up artist. Last month Akil McCoy took to social media to make sure the Houston native put some respeck on his face game. On October 22 she posted a clip from her Vogue feature with footage of her using an eyebrow brush. Clearly he felt snub and commented “Make Up Akilaface”.

According to the story “The Big Ole Freak” rapper’s lawyer sent McCoy a cease and desist request. Apparently the letter stated that he is violating his non disclosure agreement by discussing his work with Megan. The celebrity website also suggests that if Akil continues to speak openly about their working relationship, even if the commentary is positive, he will be taken to court.

You can view their original exchange on Instagram that sparked the feud below.

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Actress Sharon Stone Suing Chanel West Coast Over Song “Sharon Stoned”

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Reality TV star turned struggle rapper Chanel West Coast is being sued after a Hollywood icon charges that she illegally used her name to garner fame.

According to court documents obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, legendary actress Sharon Stone is not feeling Chanel West Coast’s 2018 song “Sharon Stoned” and is suing the “Ridiculousness” star for unfair competition and violations of her right of publicity.

Stone says Chanel West Coast, whose real name is Chelsea Dudley, is trying to capitalize on her “extraordinary level of popularity and fame.” Stone says she “maintains strict control” over how her name is used and listed her credits, award nominations and wins to showcase her legendary status, Stone’s complaint also references honors she has received for her philanthropic work to highlight the reputation she has built.

The documents also point out that during the song, Sharon Stone’s name is used more than 99 times. The first 30 seconds of the track feature “Sharon” or “Stone(d),” and “Sharon Sharon Sharon Stone(d)” looped several times, which is continued throughout the remainder of the track.

Stone says the “mantra-like repetition” of her name is an example of Dudley’s “penchant for glomming onto celebrity icons” and is seeking an injunction blocking Dudley from using her name or image and both punitive damages and disgorgement of any profits Dudley has earned as a result of the song and video.

As of press time, Chanel West Coast hadn’t responded to the lawsuit, but her latest tweet did seem to have a hint of shade to it.

”Wow the drama I’ve woke up to today is quite entertaining to say the least,” Chanel wrote. “I pray for all the crazy people in the world. May god bless your crazy souls with peace and love.”

Check out the court documents here.

 

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Skechers Trolls Nike After Infringement Lawsuit Filing

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The two most unlikely footwear companies to be beefing are now in a heated legal war. Nike is alleging Skechers is copying their popular releases.

As spotted on High Snobiety the California based brand is being accused of lifting Nike’s designs from the Nike Air VaporMax and the Nike Air Max 270. So much so that the sportswear giant filed an infringement lawsuit earlier this month alleging “Skechers’ business strategy includes copying its competitors’ designs to gain market share.”

Last week Skechers took out an advertisement in the Los Angeles Times addressing the claims stating the claims are baseless. “As you may have heard, Nike filed a lawsuit against Skechers in Los Angeles alleging that those shoes infringe certain Nike patents. Please note that the lawsuit has been filed just recently and merely contains Nike’s unproven allegations. Skechers plans on defending the lawsuit vigorously and in response will deny that any of the listed styles infringe any of Nike’ patent.

This is not the first time Nike accused Skechers of style thievery. In 2016 they asked a judge to remove several Skechers releases from retail stores that they felt copied their patents. In what has to be considered elite corporate trolling, Skechers dropped on an advertising poking fun at Zion Williamson’s sneakers falling apart while on the court back in February.

Nike has not formally responded to the advertisement.

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Nicki Minaj & Tracy Chapman Fail To Reach Settlement, Copyright Lawsuit Forges On

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It looks like fans won’t be streaming “Sorry” anytime soon.

According to The Blast, Nicki Minaj and Tracy Chapman have failed to reach an agreement during court-ordered mediation in the copyright infringement case. Chapman is accusing Minaj of unlawfully sampling her song “Baby Can I Hold You” for the track “Sorry,” but Minaj reportedly confirmed in court documents that the song never made it to her album because Chapman didn’t approve the sample.

Chapman and her attorneys, however, accuse Minaj of leaking the record to Funkmaster Flex who debuted the song on his show, which Minaj denies.

The publication reports that documents from the attempted mediation note that on October 2 the parties tried to privately hash out their issues; citing “the mediation was unsuccessful, and no settlement was reached. The settlement is not imminent,” after the “Fendi” rapper denied committing copyright infringement, and reportedly claimed fair use as her defense. Minaj also allegedly argued that Chapman doesn’t own the copyright herself, and is asking for the lawsuit to be dismissed.

It seems that lawsuits, lackluster sales, and Twitter jabs have gotten to the Queen Radio host, which is what many fans speculate led to her abrupt retirement announcement.

As previously reported, Nicki Minaj recently announced her retirement from Rap to “focus on building her family” back in August before recanting the decision one week later in early September. Nicki did give insight into the decision while responding to a fan saying:

“I’m still right here. Still madly in love with you guys & you know that. In hindsight, this should’ve been a Queen Radio discussion & it will be. I promise u guys will be happy. No guests, just us talking about everything. The tweet was abrupt & insensitive, I apologize babe.” 

The copyright lawsuit is slated to go to forward to court.

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Judge Denies Evelyn Lozada’s Restraining Order Against Ogom “OG” Chijindu

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Evelyn Lozada followed through with filing a restraining order against Ogom “OG” Chijindu, pushing along an intense beef between the Basketball Wives co-stars. Lozada, who just filed a lawsuit against Chijindu over a series of tweets, was denied the order by a judge.


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reports that Lozada officially filed for a temporary restraining order in the wake of a brewing feud between the pair that has intensified in the past few weeks. Lozada mulled over filing the order ever since a spat between the two occurred on the set of the Basketball Wives reunion show, spilling over to jabs on social media which prompted Chijindu to claim Lozada is racist towards Black women.

Lozada claims in her lawsuit that Chijindu’s assessment has sunk endorsement deals and other business opportunities thus she’s suing for defamation. The judge hearing the statements for the restraining order request denied Lozada due to the ongoing lawsuit, which TMZ shared in an update. According to the judge, the lawsuit will be the best way to legally handle the rift.

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