Mary J. Blige received a notice on the apartment door of her tony Manhattan apartment for failure to pay rent, according to a report in the New York Daily News. The Ashley boasts a basketball court, health club, and bowling alley, and an apartment like the three-bedroom that Blige was renting can cost between $9,000 and $12,000 per month to rent. Sources for the paper say she’s been there for a little over a year and the problem began in November.
Poor Mary’s financial hardships have been well-documented in the media: a tax lien in New Jersey over more than $901,000 in back taxes; a lawsuit with Bank of America over a $500,000 loan; and a lawsuit with Signature Bank over a $2.2 million loan. Commenting on all of the headlines during an interview with Hip Hollywood, she said, “All you can do is keep pushing, keep your head up and just let people be people. [Let] haters hate and just do what you do.” That may be true, but what about all that money and those lawsuits?
The Daily News speculates that copyright infringement lawsuits could be causing all of Blige’s money problems. The newspaper says they’re costing her as much as $1 million per year to fight.