Rapper Azealia Banks is being sued for defamation, stalking, invasion of privateness and civil extortion by leisure business govt Jeff Kwatinetz.
In keeping with the authorized submitting, the connection between Kwatinetz — founder and CEO of the Prospect Park expertise administration and music label — soured a 12 months after he signed her to his label. Kwatinetz says he introduced Banks onto his label in 2014 and distributed her debut album Broke With Costly Style earlier than dropping her as a consumer “due to her erratic behavior as well as for refusing to engage in basic promotion for her album,” in response to his grievance.
Issues between Kwatinetz and Banks didn’t warmth up once more till early this summer time, when Kwatinetz says Banks started accusing him of “perceived injustices and advancing false claims, including that Prospect Park is withholding royalties.” In keeping with Kwatinetz, Banks’ album was “considered a financial failure,” which he mentioned was attributable to Banks’ “self-defeating acts like refusing to permit Prospect Park to have the only performed at Prime 40.
“Banks’ claims run the gamut of the absurd, and could easily be ignored and written off as the rantings of a lunatic, but her recent rants took an ominous and dangerous turn,” Kwatinetz’s grievance states. “Banks posted YouTube videos and other social media posts in which she threatened the lives of Kwatinetz and his wife and young children, and posted photos of herself outside his home in Los Angeles shortly before an attempted burglary of that home, all the while inciting her fans to take up her cause.”
Amongst different issues, he accuses Banks of inciting her followers by tweeting “@JeffKwatinetz Give Azealia her royalties before we leak your address!!!” and of posting on Instagram that he had actress Brittany Murphy killed.
“All of this terrifying conduct appears to be a coordinated campaign of extortion,” states the grievance. “Sadly, for Banks, it all comes down to money to which she is not entitled, and there appear to be no means she will not use to get it.”
Moreover damages, Kwatinetz is asking the courtroom to concern an injunction to require Banks to remain no less than 100 ft away from his household and to chorus from partaking in any threats of bodily hurt towards them.
Banks has not responded to Billboard’s request for remark.