T.I. is being sued by Planet Productions for $390,000 after the rapper skipped a high school graduation performance in Florida this past June.
TMZ first reported that the rapper and his management team are being sued for $390,000 by the promotions company after he failed to appear at the event. The CEO of Planet Productions Gigi Stetler confirmed the lawsuit to Billboard via email.
The promotions company is claiming that they spent upwards of $10,000 a day in marketing in an effort to promote the show, which had been scheduled for June 11. T.I. pulled out of the appearance just days before, and the promoters are now seeking $300,000 for both the marketing and licensing costs, as well as the $90,000 paid to book him.
This is not the first time that Planet Productions has demanded a refund from T.I. this year. They vehemently requested $55,000 after news of the deadly shooting at his concert at Irving Plaza in New York City was revealed involving Brooklyn rapper Troy Ave. T.I. had been scheduled to headline at the show on May 25, and the promotions company claimed that the event had been marketed as “a safe environment for students.”
After the concert shooting, Live Nation was also sued by two injured fans who had attended the show that night. The injuries were sustained in the madness that ensued after the shooting, and their attorney, Vincent Provenzano, said that both clients were “trampled” as people rushed the doors. At the time that the charges were reported, the damages that the victims were seeking were unspecified.