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According to a New York Daily News exclusive, Damon Dash has been ordered to testify under oath in the Roc-A-Fella Records logo lawsuit.
It all involves a $7 million suit over royalties stemming from the Roc-A-Fella Records logo. The person suing is Dwayne Walker who says he designed the logo. And now a Manhattan federal judge has ordered that Dash be deposed in the case. Walker’s lawyer also wants Jay Z to be forced to testify.
Dash and Jay Z are two of the founders of Roc-A-Fella. In Walker’s suit he claims he made a deal in 1994 with Dash and Jay Z that gave him $3,500 and two percent of company revenue for 10 years for the design. But now he says he received only the $3,500.
According to Judge Ronald Ellis, Dash seems to have the most knowledge on who designed the label’s logo. And Dash, reports the News, is estimated to be worth about $2 million, despite Dash claiming he’s broke.
“The main actor is always the person who should be deposed first,” Ellis said of Dash. “He appears to have had the most boots-on-the-ground involvement in this.”
Ellis withheld judgment about calling Jay Z until after Dash’s testimony. “I remain at odds as to what exactly the nature of (Jay Z’s) deposition would be,” Ellis said. “All this might be in a better light after Mr. Dash’s deposition.”
“Mr. Carter is claiming he doesn’t know where the Roc-A-Fella Records logo came from — it really strains credulity,” said Walker’s attorney Greg Berry.
But Jay Z’s attorney Eleanor Lackman countered that the rap mogul doesn’t remember Walker, and Jay Z would never have entered into an agreement including royalties.
So this is an issue that will need to be sorted out through testimony because clearly there’s just a lot of back and forth and “I don’t knows” going on here. Will be interesting to hear what Dash has to say.
13 years ago, the entertainment industry suffered a major loss when R&B singer Aaliyah died in a tragic plane crash. Left to mourn were her relatives, friends, fans and boyfriend, Damon Dash. Monday marked another anniversary of the singer’s death and Damon still seems to be grappling with it all, which we completely understand.
“You will always be with me and I feel you protect me every day,” he kicked off a series of Instagram posts. “I know I’m the coolest because you’re the one that told I was… I miss my best friend every day not just today I love you.”
“My nephew lil bobby just sent me this… So crazy… They all loved her cause she played video games and watched cartoons always keep these dudes with me look at @boogiedash,” he continued.
“I know how it feels to have the hottest chick in the game wearing my chain @nataneboudreau just sent me this picture.”
He concluded with an image of Aaliyah at a celebrity softball game.
“This was at that softball game where we beat badboy… She was always such a team player… Check the chain I can’t believe it’s been 13 years… The love is still the same… It will always be it’s a beautifull pain… Hard to articulate #bestthateverdidit.”
It has to be difficult losing a significant other, so I can’t even begin to imagine what Dame went through and is probably still going through.
In random entertainment news, Former Rock-A-Fella Records CEO Damon Dash is reportedly suing Lee Daniels—at least that’s what TMZ is reporting.
According to reports, Daniels and Dash entered into an agreement ten years ago where Dash invested in Daniels’ film projects—including “Precious,” “The Woodsman,” “Precious,” “The Paperboy” and “The Butler.” Dash claims that he invested $2 million into Daniels’ “The Woodsman” project, but never received a dime in return.
Daniels “attempt(ed) to deprive (Dash) of the monetary benefits and producer and executive producer credits owed to Mr. Dash as per the parties’ agreements,” the summons said, according to Business Insider.
Damon also argues that he was swindled out of his executive producer and credits on the projects. As a result, asking for no less than $25 million from the director. So far, Lee Daniels’ reps have yet to respond to the allegations.
You know things are really bad when the courts need to step in and take your money to pay what you owe. Just ask DMX. A judge recently found in favor of his ex-wife Tashera Simmons’ petition to collect child support. Apparently he stopped helping out once they split. Because of this, Mr. Earl Simmons will see up to $15,000 each month leaving his pockets. Take a look at 10 celebrities who also have seen their wages garnished and the ones who came very close.
Catergate has come and gone, but the aftermath still lingers. Although things seem to be calming down on the Carter-Knowles home front, Jay and Bey’s blaring absence from Kanye West’s wedding seemed to serve as another red flag that things are not going as well as the family would like us to believe. Naturally, there are plenty of theories floating around as to why the couple pulled a no-show, but one particular theory leads right back to Catergate’s front door step. According to E!, insiders are stating that the hip hop power couple bailed on the ceremony to avoid being in the presence of Rachel Roy.
“Given Kim and Kanye’s list of celeb friends, surprisingly, they didn’t invite that many,” the source claimed. “They wanted it to be a small and intimate wedding. Jay Z and Beyoncé were invited but didn’t come, seemingly to avoid drama from Rachel Roy who was going. In the end, the wedding was full of love and super intimate.”
As you may recall, it was said that Rachel Roy played a role in Solange and Jay Z’s blowout fight the night of the Met Gala. Some even believe that it was sparked by Jay behaving inappropriately towards Rachel, who is the ex-wife of his former business partner, Damon Dash. Interestingly, Dame recently weighed in on the entire scandal and he doesn’t seem too convinced that Jay would try to move in on his “wife.”
“If he was tryna holla at my wife though, that’s kinda f*cked up. [laughs] But I don’t think he was doing that. That would be bad,” he told Hip Hop Motivation. “That would be dark. That means he really has some resentment but I would hope that that wouldn’t be the case.”
As for what he thought about the fight, Dame says it was hilarious.
“I thought it was funny because Jay is the kind of guy you don’t see him move like that that much. And when he does move, if it’s not that cool looking, then it’s going to be kicks. Also I feel like nobody teases Jay but me for some reason. It’s just the first time I’ve seen people freely expressing themselves.”
“I don’t think he should mad about it,” Dame continued. “I think he should be laughing. That sh*t was funny. Everybody fights. Girls done spit on me before but I be a little more ‘You better chill out.’ The shit is funny.’ Jay has to worry about perception because corporate people pay him. He really has to play that game. I thought what was ironic about it was people got to see how he played sh*t off. And how something crazy can happen and four seconds later when it’s cameras on they act like nothing is going on. I thought that was interesting to see that and how good he is at it. If people don’t like what he’s doing, he won’t get that corporate check.”
Watch Dame’s interview below.
Enamored by pictures of The Carters while they wrapped up Beyonce’s Mrs. Carter Tour, may leave you feeling as though they have a perfect life. but that is certainly not the case. A Manhattan judge has ordered Jay Z to testify under oath for the federal lawsuit petitioned by Dwayne Walker, who designed his famous Roc-A-Fella records logo.
The New York Post reports Magistrate Judge Ronald Ellis approved Walker’s case to move forward with the depositions in the copyright infringement and breach of contract lawsuit against Jay Z, Damon Dash and Universal Music Group. Walker claims he is owed $7 million for creating the Roc-A-Fella logo in 1995, prior to the label becoming a subsidiary of Universal Music Group. Walker’s lawyer, Gregory Berry stated:
“For over 18 months, Jay Z and the other defendants have done everything they can to avoid swearing under oath to the events that led to the creation of the logo.With the decision, the defendants’ delay tactics must stop, and Mr. Walker’s quest for justice can move forward.”
Of course, Jigga Man’s representatives did not release any statements related to the case.
Do you think it’s odd Walker is suing Jay Z and Damon Dash, 19 years later or is he just trying to get what’s owed to him?
‘I Know It’s Killing You That Obama Is In Office!’ Damon Dash Goes Off On Daily News Reporters Outside Of Courthouse
While heading to court for testimonies regarding the $1 million lawsuit filed against him by his son’s mother, Linda Williams, hip hop mogul Damon Dash lashed at out a group of New York Daily News reporters. His interesting rant was captured on film.
“How come you never talk about the positive stuff? ‘Cause I’m black?” Damon questioned the reporters.
Damon went on to point out that instead of simply covering his current court case, the Daily News insists on bringing up skeletons from his past, including his highly publicized financial troubles.
“You’re a racist, republican paper! I know it’s killing you that Obama is in office. It’s killing you that you went to school to write for a paper that’s not credible.”
Clearly frustrated with the media’s fixation on driving negative news to the bone, he then pointed out some of his major business accomplishments that frequently go unnoticed.
“Why don’t you say: ‘He has art galleries around the world,’ ‘He has independently owned companies that do well over $50 million,’ ‘He employs at least 10 people at any given time.’ You never say that! Why?”
“I can pay everybody else’s bills but y’all just want to talk about the ones y’all think I haven’t paid. The same exact tax bullsh*t for five years…get a new story!”
Watch Damon’s angry rant below. Thoughts?
Damon Dash, co-founder of Roc-a-Fella records, reportedly fled from his swanky Upstate New York mansion — which has a pool and music studio — and left it a complete pig sty. Dirty laundry, bongs, and ruined carpets were some of the foul discoveries the landlord, Elad Yoran, found at Dash’s residence, Page Six reports.
Dash, who once bragged about having a $50 million fortune, allegedly owes Yoran $162,000 in back rent. The landlord’s attorney, Thomas Mullaney, claims that Dash held the estate hostage and dodged paying $15,000 a month in rent — for a year and a half! He also owes his landlord for storage costs and wages for the maid.
Along with clothes scattered around the mansion, Yoran also found some valuables — such as art pieces and precious stones. “Yoran was forced to pack and store Dash’s jewelry, drug paraphernalia, clothing and art work,” Page Six added. The hip-hop mogul’s financial woes have been exposed over the past couple of years.
Dash owed $2 million in back taxes to New York state in 2009. He’s also had his wages garnished after defaulting on a $238,078 loan to a garment-industry lender. According to Page Six, “The garnishments ‘have caused severe financial hardship that has not only made it nearly impossible for me to maintain my businesses, they have caused me to fall behind on my personal expenses including my rent payments for my only residence,’ Dash testified in May.”
Dash also claimed that paying $24,000 every three months in child support to his ex-wife, Rachel Roy, with whom he has two kids, has contributed to his financial downfall. To top it all off, “Dash lost a pair of multimillion-dollar Tribeca lofts to foreclosure in 2010, with $7.3 million left on the massive mortgages,” the New York Daily News says.
But Yoran’s lawyer shows no sympathy for Dash’s troubled state. “When I look online, he’s rolling around in a chauffeured Rolls Royce, and he’s riding in a private plane,” Mullaney adds. “He’s not living the life of someone who is trying to keep their expenses down so they can pay their obligations.”
His former life of opulence included owning “1,300 different pairs of shoes, a $400,000 Maybach and items of clothing that were worn once and then donated,” Page Six notes.
What does Dash have to say about this lawsuit? “Elad Yoran reneged on a deal that he made and now wants to use bad press to gain leverage. Mr. Dash is not scared and wants to let a judge decide,” Dash’s lawyer said in a statement.
It looks like Damon Dash’s son has a problem keeping his hands to himself
According to the New York Post, 21 year old Damon Dash, Jr., aka Boogie, was arrested on Tuesday in New York City after attacking his girlfriend or “lady friend” after they had a disagreement.
The report says the young lady was visiting Boogie’s apartment when they had an “apparent dispute over sex,” according to a law official who spoke with the newspaper.
The source went on to say that he punched and slapped her, then threw her on the bed where he proceeded to get on top of her and choke her.
The young lady didn’t immediately call the police; instead, the situation seemed to have calm down for a second. However, that didn’t last long as Boogie once again jumped on top of her in an attempt to strangle her.
It was at that point that she called the police on him.
Dash, Jr. was arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault and strangulation.
The police report described the woman’s condition as having a black eye, a cut lip and several other bruises.
Boogie was released from jail on Wednesday without bail after signing an order of protection which prohibits him from having any contact with the young lady.
Wow. So a disagreement about sex leads to a young woman being abused? What a terrible situation. For years Damon Dash’s son was seen as the “nice and sweet kid,” but apparently he has a lot of other things going on we knew nothing about.
No word on whether or not Bookie will have to make another appearance in court.
After watching the drama unfold between Rihanna and Teyana Taylor on Twitter this week, I learned two things: 1. Rihanna really likes to nitpick at people. 2. Teyana Taylor is extremely trill to be so tiny. While folks like Ciara, Karreuche Tran, and more have all cowered back in the corner when they’ve had to deal with the Bajan bad girl, Taylor held nothing back (though she did get a little too fired up). But I’m not really surprised. TT is from Harlem, and Uptown folks don’t play that. Don’t believe me? Check out these nine other Harlem-ites who are quick to put somebody in their place and maybe snatch a wig or two in the process.