Lauryn Hill has won a lawsuit against a family member.
The 44-year-old singer sued her cousin Gerald Hill last year after he failed to pay back a $65,000 loan she gave him in June 2017 and, after he still didn’t pay a penny toward the sum, a judge has now ruled in her favor.
According to The Blast, the judge said: “Judgment is hereby entered in favor of Plaintiff and against Defendant in the amount of $72,886.62 consisting of $71,228.95 in damages, including contractual interest, attorneys‘ fees in the amount of $1,401 and costs in the amount of $256.67.”
The two had a written contract over the loan, which stated the Fugees star offered the money interest-free if Gerald Hill repaid it by September 2017. After that date, the debt would grow with a 10 percent annual interest rate until it was paid off.
The “Killing Me Softly” songbird then launched legal action for breach of contract in July 2018 after Gerald Hill paid to pay.
Her court documents declared: “Defendant did not repay any portion of the loan on or before September 15, 2017, triggering the interest rate provision of the Loan Agreement.
“Furthermore, despite demand for repayment, to date Defendant has not repaid any of the $65,000 principal due and owing under the loan agreement or any of the interest amounts that became due and owing following Defendant’s non-payment.”
Although the ruling was made in August, the case is still ongoing and Lauryn Hill went back to court late last month because Gerald Hill has failed to respond to subpoenas asking him to turn over his financial documents.