Lil Boosie, Webbie Sued For $1M After Two Concert No-Shows
A Baltimore concert promoter has filed suit against rappers, Lil Boosie and Webbie, for failing to perform are two concerts within the city -- and failed to appear altogether.
According to Maryland's The Daily Record, Tracye Stafford, president and chief executive officer of IKON Entertainment, is suing both rappers, their labels and management companies for $1 million -- which will cover "direct and consequential damages, un-reimbursed expenses, and attorneys fees," as stated within the lawsuit.
It names Webbie (real name: Webster Gradney Jr.), Lil Boosie (real name: Torrance Hatch), Baton Rouge-based Trill Entertainment and Trill Management; and Asylum Records, the division of Warner Music Group that has a joint venture with Trill Entertainment.
According to the paper, Stafford claims that both rappers were scheduled headliners at a December 9 show at Sonar and a January 20 show at Club Mate, but did not perform on either occasion.
"They just didn't show up, twice," said Stafford's attorney, Paul W. Gardner II, told the paper. "That really depletes the well of confidence that the public or your consumers have for your product. And that's a problem."
Gardner did not reveal how much the contracts were worth, but said there is a lot of leg work involved in promoting a concert, including organizing the venue and attracting the audience through flyers, radio spots and other media. He also stated that they covered the transportation fees for the January concert.
Stafford stated in the suit filed in a Baltimore City Circuit Court last week, that they had requested payment, but has yet to get a response.
Reps for Trill Entertainment were unavailable for comment at press time.