Drake is accusing the man suing him over an alleged nightclub assault of deleting key evidence as part of their court battle.
According to court documents obtained by Radar, Drake’s legal team is asking the court to sanction Bennett Sipes to the tune of $85,582.
Sipes is suing Drake, along with Kourtney Kardashian’s ex-boyfriend Younes Bendjima, over an incident that went down at the Hollywood nightclub Delilah on March 24, 2018.
NFL star Odell Beckham Jr was a defendant but had all claims dismissed against him. In the suit, Sipes says he showed up at the Hollywood nightclub to visit his then-girlfriend, Sommer Ray, who was reportedly in the VIP section with Drake and Odell.
Sipes got into a verbal altercation at the VIP booth. He claims he walked to the bathroom where he got jumped. He originally accused Drake’s bodyguards of playing a role but later recanted that claim.
The God’s Plan rapper denies all allegations he had no part in the assault. Drake said under oath that none of his “employees pushed, man-handled, shoved, kicked, punched, assaulted, or battered Sipes,”
Bendjima says he did get into a physical fight with Sipes but it was all in self-defense. In newly filed documents, Drake says Sipes originally agreed to turn over his iPhone to be inspected.
However, his lawyer says before turning it over Sipes deleted key communications with his ex, Ray They claim the evidence deleted included texts where he talked about the alleged assault.
Drake’s lawyers believe the deleted messages would have confirmed their client played no role in the alleged assault. They say they understand the deleted texts also show Sipes was not suffering from emotional distress following the incident.
“The texts and emails that were intentionally destroyed go to the very heart of Sipes’s case, and almost certainly include damning admissions,” the motion read.
Sipes claims nothing he destroyed was key to the case but Drake’s lawyer questions that claim. He argued, “How could anyone possibly trust that at this point? “
Drake is asking the court to sanction Sipes and consider dismissing the entire case completely.