Coming For All The Coins! Multimillion Dollar Celebrity Lawsuits That Shocked Us
The rich and famous have a tendency to do things big and that apparently includes lawsuits. These stars either filed multimillion dollar lawsuits or were slapped with one of them.
Perri “Pebbles” Reid
Last year, TLC fans were excited to see the group’s story being told in the VH1 biopic “CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story.” But not everyone was pleased with the movie. Perri “Pebbles” Reid was responsible for finding and grooming the all-girl group for international stardom but in the made for television movie, she was portrayed as a money hungry manager who took advantage of the young artists and took all of their money through shady contracts. Shortly after the film aired, Pebbles vowed to take legal action and she has finally made good on her word. She recently filed a $40 million lawsuit against Viacom.
Jay Z co-founded Roc-A-Fella back in the 90’s but it took a very long time for Dwayne Walker to bring a lawsuit against the Brooklyn rapper. Walker designed the Roc-A-Fella logo back in 1995 and was paid $3,500 for his services. But he stipulated in the agreement that he was to be compensated with two percent of future royalties for ten years after the first year of use. Walker, who still owns the copyrights to the logo, received the $3,500, but the royalties never followed and as a result, he filed a $7 million lawsuit against Hova earlier this year.
When she first emerged on the scene, Nicki Minaj was known more for her colorful hair and outrageous costumes than her music. Wig master Terrence Davidson had been working with the Young Money princess since 2010 and has created some of the head-turning wigs she’s worn for the red carpet. But earlier this year, Davidson filed a $30 million lawsuit against his former client. He alleged that the wig line he and Minaj were supposed to launch never materialized and she also discouraged him from participating in a reality show that would’ve showcased his wig-crafting skills.
Lil Wayne has frequently rapped about hopping on a private plane and jet setting across the glob and earlier this year, a company filed a million dollar lawsuit against Weezy for doing just that. The problem was Signature Group alleged the New Orleans rapper didn’t pay for the trips around the world. In the lawsuit, the company claims that Weezy may boast of living the high life but he surely hasn’t paid for it: “He can choose to use the proceeds that he earns to live the life of a hip-hop star – but he has to pay his bills just like the rest of us”.
Earlier this year 50 Cent decided to shoot a video for every song on his “Animal Ambition” album but instead of making headlines for his music, he ended up being sued. Before the “OK, You’re Right” video aired, model Sally Ferreira leaked some behind the scenes footage of the shoot. That irked Fiddy, who also said Ferreira was going around saying they were a couple, and he took to social media to put her on blast. Ferreira claimed 50’s outburst stopped her from getting work and she filed an $11 million lawsuit against him. However a few months later, it was dropped.
Mac Miller made a name for himself in the underground rap circuit by releasing a steady flow of mixtapes. But a couple years after releasing the free project “K.I.D.S.,” the Pittsburgh rapper was slapped with a $10 million lawsuit by Lord Finesse. The legendary hip-hop producer was upset Miller used his 1995 “Hip 2 Da Game” instrumental beat for his breakout hit “Kool Aid & Frozen Pizza.” Miller countered that it was a common practice in the rap game to use industry beats on mixtape songs. The case was settled out of court a year later.
A lot of people watching the 2012 Super Bowl halftime performance starring Madonna missed the two-second clip of rapper M.I.A. sticking her middle finger up at the camera. two hundred and twenty-two people filed a complaint with the FCC over M.I.A. flipping the bird and although she wasn’t even on the stage for two minutes, it looks like her appearance alongside the Material Girl and Nicki Minaj may end up severely costing her. The NFL has filed a $16.5 million lawsuit against M.I.A. They originally asked for $1.5 million last year but upped it by $15 million seeking restitution.
NeNe Leakes declared that she was very rich so she shouldn’t have too much trouble paying her debts but according to her wedding planner, the “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star still owes some money. Tiffany Cook says she was promised 15% of the entire wedding budget when Leakes remarried her husband Gregg. But Cook claimed she was only given $18,750 and filed a lawsuit seeking $889,900 in design fees, $1,750 in travel expenses and $270,000 for execution of the ceremony. Cook rounded everything up to $2.5 million to include fees for her troubles.
After serving more than six years in prison, Remy Ma was released a few months ago. The Bronx born rapper was locked up for shooting her former friend Makeda Barnes-Joseph after accusing her of stealing money from her. While she was serving her time, Barnes-Joseph filed a lawsuit against the “I Look Too Good” rapper looking for more than $10 million for pain and suffering. She also filed a lawsuit against Remy’s label Universal Music Group claiming they knew that she was a loose cannon but that lawsuit was tossed out.
Da Brat spent three years in prison for hitting NFL cheerleader Shayla Stevens upside the head with a bottle inside of an Atlanta club in 2007. But in addition to paying her debt to society, the “Funkdafied” rapper also owes her victim some serious cash. Stevens sued Da Brat for pain and suffering stemming from her injuries as well as lost wages. Earlier this year the jury ordered Da Brat to pay Stevens $6.7 million.
Bronx rapper Big Pun’s career got the boost it needed after he got a co-sign from fellow Bronx rapper Fat Joe. But more than 14 years after his untimely death, Big Pun’s widow slapped Joey Crack with a lawsuit. Liza Rios wants more than a million dollars in lost income over sales from her late husband’s music. She claimed Pun and Joe agreed to split the revenue from his catalog in half and she stopped receiving money in 2005. As a result, she had to move the family into a homeless shelter.
Say what you want about Tom Cruise but you better not let him hear you say it. The action film mega star, who has a penchant for suing the tabloids, filed a $50 million lawsuit against “Life & Style” magazine. The glossy mag reported following his surprising spilt from then wife Katie Holmes, the “Mission Impossible” star abandoned their daughter and hadn’t seen her in weeks. Cruise responded by immediately filing a lawsuit seeking tens of millions in damages. The case was settled out of court and the magazine issued an apology to Cruise.
Mike Epps is used to making people laugh but after a club appearance in Detroit one man found nothing funny with getting punched in the face. Videographer Douglas Thornton said he was hired to shoot a party for Epps’ wife who was celebrating her birthday. The “All About the Benjamins” star asked for Thorton’s equipment and when he refused to hand it over, Thornton said Epps punched him in the face. He also claimed Epps’ bodyguard fired a shot off at him. He filed a lawsuit against Epps seeking more than a million dollars from the comedian.
For five seasons, Nicolette Sheridan played Edie Britt on “Desperate Housewives.” But her run on the show abruptly ended when she was fired. Sheridan filed a $20 million lawsuit against the show creator Marc Cherry alleging that he physically assaulted her and when she complained about the abuse, she was handed her walking papers. The jury failed to come up with a decision and the case was declared a mistrial. However, Sheridan has filed for an appeal to have the case retried.
Lindsay Lohan once had a promising career but it’s been derailed by numerous arrests and just as many stints at rehab. What was supposed to be the role that signaled her return to acting turned out to be a laughable portrayal of Elizabeth Taylor. Lohan hired respected Hollywood acting coach Neil Braham-Scanlon to help her with role as the legendary actress. But after watching the Lifetime movie “Liz & Dick,” the troubled starlet filed a multimillion dollar lawsuit against Braham-Scanlon and claimed not only was she a laughingstock but she also had problems booking gigs because of the movie.