Lil Wayne is refusing to pay his former lawyer a dime as part of their $20 million legal battle and accusing the man's greed of being the reason for the case.
According to court documents obtained by Radar, Wayne is demanding the case brought by Ronald Sweeney be dismissed immediately.
In his lawsuit, Sweeney says he’s worked with Wayne since 2005. He claims to have helped the Young Money founder negotiate important deals and fight off numerous lawsuits. Per their agreement, Sweeney claims he’s owed commission on the deals.
In newly filed documents, Wayne scoffs at the suggestion he owes Sweeney money. He claims the man was his lawyer NOT his manager, despite his claims in the case.
Wayne says he already paid out over $20 million to Sweeney for his services. Carter says he fired the lawyer after finding out “Sweeney negligently handled legal matters entrusted to him, charged him an unconscionable fee (one that was double the contingency legal fee customarily charged by lawyers in the entertainment industry), and was paid legal fees without Carter’s consent.”
The musician also says he found out Sweeney had his law license suspended “more than once during the course of their attorney-client relationship.”
As a result, Carter is asking the court to toss the case.
Back in December, Sweeney and his company Avant Garde Management filed their suit against Wayne.
He claimed to have “worked tirelessly as Lil Wayne’s manager and close confidante for nearly 14 years, managing his manages, all of his entities, his ‘friends’, his enemies, and his lawyers”.
Sweeney says he also successfully managed over 30 lawsuits filed against the rapper.
In the suit, Sweeney and Avant Garde say the rapper relied on them for basically everything related to his personal and professional life.
They say Wayne “failed and refused to pay Plaintiffs his promised 10% of the recovery from lawsuits, 10% of the sale of master recordings owned by Lil Wayne’s record label, and then 17% in general commissions that he owes to Plaintiffs in connection with Plaintiff’s day to day management activities”.
Sweeney says he was hired by Wayne in 2005. He helped him rework his contract with Cash Money and scored him a more favorable deal. He believes the work he did for Wayne helped him earn close to $100 million and wants his cut.
The judge has yet to rule.