Tekashi69 missed a big show after being arrested by the feds in 2018 and now he’s being hit with legal papers for failing to return the deposit.
According to court documents obtained by Radar, a concert promoter named Sheldon English and his company RMG Promotions sued the rainbow-haired snitch along with several talent agencies.
In September 2018, RMG says they started negotiating for Tekashi to perform a concert at the Rochester Main Street Armory. The promoter was in contact with Tekashi’s local booking agency Shomari Mitchell and her company International Artist Association.
RMG agreed to pay Tekashi $110,000 for the performance.
The deal had the promoter paying a $70,000 deposit to International Artist Association and the remaining $40,000 would be paid on the day of the show.
The promoter said he made the required deposit payment to Tekashi’s booking agent. After the payments were made, RMG says they were informed the rapper had to move the date of the show from November 13, 2018, to December 8, 2018.
RMG agreed to move the date of the show.
Tekashi even recorded a video promoting the December date on social media. On November 18, RMG says they found out Tekashi had been arrested on federal racketeering and firearm charges.
The promoter tried to call his team but nobody responded. Tekashi did not appear at the show in December because he was still locked up. He says none of the defendants refunded his $70,000.
The promoter is suing Tekashi for the return of his deposit plus unspecified damages.
As Radar previously reported, last week, Tekashi was hit with a separate lawsuit brought by a Japanese tattoo artist. The man named Takashi Matsuba said Tekashi had claimed he was the inspiration for his stage name.
The rapper also claimed during interviews that Matsuba was a heroin addict. He said, "There was this tattoo artist named Takashi from our neighborhood. And he was this heroin addict. He did heroin to create. He did it to get himself in his little world. He did it to be himself. And that’s where I got the name Tekashi from. And that’s who I am.”
The tattoo artist said he’s never abused drugs and believes the statements caused his reputation harm.
“This action also asserts a claim for defamation arising from the defendants’ making and broadcasting the absolutely false and defamatory accusation that plaintiff is a heroin addict,” his suit reads.