Former Fugees member Pras has filed a defamation lawsuit against the New York Post, accusing them of “reckless reporting.”
In an article the paper published last Sunday (Oct. 5), it alleges that the rapper bailed on a Sept. 11, 2014 show in New York City for his own Hope for Them foundation. It further reports that his foundation falsely claimed MTV was sponsoring the event and that he bounced a check to the venue it was being held at.
Pras tells the New York Daily News the story is completely false, adding that he was on the West Coast on the day of the 9/11 show after returning from overseas.
“I was in L.A. when this event happened,” he said. “I’d just come back from North Korea.”
The rapper tells the paper that while he has no problem with media gossip coverage, he draws the line when it comes to compromising his value as a celebrity philanthropist. “When you talk about charity, that is serious,” said Pras. “I have to litigate. You are provoking a specific emotion when you invoke 9/11. I’m going to see a therapist about this. I’m traumatized. And I’ve never seen a therapist in my life.”
Pras is seeking $30 million in damages.