Rap mogul Birdman is facing legal action for breach of contract and fraud after allegedly taking an advanced payment for a U.S. concert by his protege Lil Wayne that never took place.
The hip-hop entrepreneur, real name Bryan Williams, is accused by concert promoter Jose Fernandez from Illuminaty, Inc. of accepting $275,000 (GBP148,650) in cash to put on a show by "Lil Wayne and Birdman and friends" on 23 November last year (07) in their native New Orleans, Louisiana.
But the gig was scrapped by Williams after receiving some advance cash, who, according to legal papers obtained by TMZ.com, reportedly claimed there was "lack of time to promote the event, not enough time to schedule the talent and that the weather was too cold".
The Cash Money Records CEO suggested the show be rescheduled for 5 January 2008 and relocated to Miami, Florida. But that concert was also cancelled, with Williams and his business partners Rhonita Thornton and company bosses at Kreativ Kontrol, claiming there was "not enough time to promote and the inability to line up the talent".
The show was rescheduled for 16 March (08). Fernandez alleges he continued to transfer funds into the trio's account in an effort to guarantee the gig, but the concert was cancelled for a third time - and no reschedule date was suggested.
Fernandez filed the lawsuit at Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday (15Oct08) citing breach of contract, fraud and money had and received. He is seeking damages and costs.