T.I. is in hot water after failing to appear at a huge graduation bash.
According to Planet Productions’ party planners, the Atlanta native’s team left them in the hole to the tune of $390,000 after he backed out on performing at a high school graduation party in Florida, reports TMZ.
While the organizers admitted they were leery about the “Rubber Band Man” rapper performing at the event following the fatal shooting that erupted at his NYC concert in May, court documents allege Tip’s team reassured them that everything would be OK.
As previously reported, on May 25, Tip was scheduled to perform at Irving Plaza in the Big Apple. Though the concert was set to begin around 9 p.m., it was abruptly canceled after a dispute broke out between associates of Roland Collins, better known by the stage name Troy Ave and Maino. Soon thereafter, the arguing escalated into gunfire, taking the life of one man and injuring three others.
Among those injured was Collins, who was later apprehended by police after a video clip surfaced, clearly showing him firing off the first shot. Troy, who was reportedly collaborating with T.I.’s Grand Hustle at the time, was among those injured, as he shot himself in the foot during the scuffle. He was later booked and charged with attempted murder and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon.
Despite the aforementioned incident, the event hosts boosted advertising, licensing, and marketing costs — more than $10K per day to sell tickets — in anticipation of the “T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle” reality star’s appearance. Only, a few days later, the suit claims that the 36-year-old pulled the plug. Planet is now suing T.I. and his management team for $300K for monies lost marketing and obtaining licensing in addition to the $90K they forked over to book the hip-hop artist.
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