Rapper Rick Ross, his sister Tawanda Roberts and his manager Michael Lighty have all been named in a recent lawsuit, for $2 million in damages, by a United Kingdom promotional company over a canceled 2011 concert in Nigeria.
The lawsuit was filed on July 3 in the Supreme Court of New York, by Zons P.R., a UK-based company organized to do business in Nigeria. Zons P.R. was hired on behalf of Star Lager beer, a brand affiliate of Heineken, which is popular in Nigeria and West Africa.
Rick Ross was scheduled to headline the 2011 Star Mega Jam concert, which was to take place on December 17, 2011. The lawsuit claims that Zons P.R. began to negotiate with Rick Ross’s sister Tawanda Roberts, who acts as his manager. Zons P.R. claims to have deposited $87,500 into Rick Ross’s account, with the agreement that Rick Ross would execute certain obligations prior to the concert, which he never produced.
The company also claims in their suit that Rick Ross began to raise questions about his security in Nigeria and finally, on November 10, 2011 the rapper canceled the performance, citing “the violent events in Nigeria.” The lawsuit claims that Rick Ross was supposed to return the $87,500 deposit to Zons P.R., but failed to do so.
Zons P.R. says that when they realized they were not getting their deposit back, they attempted to renegotiate for a future performance, but the rapper refused to comply.“In truth and in fact the defendant had no intention of returning said deposit,” the lawsuit reads. “To date no part of the deposit has been returned.”