Lil Kim Getting Sued For 15 Milli!
Lil’ Kim’s former business manager says the rapper cost him millions in botched endorsement deals.
Lil’ Kim is in hot water with her former business manager after he slapped her with a lawsuit claiming the rapper’s money-grubbing, diva-like behavior cost him millions in endorsement deals.
According to TMZ, Andrew Ro says his company, International Rock Star Corp, signed a licensing deal with the Brooklyn rapper back in August 2012.
Their plan was to showcase numerous products, including a perfume line, clothing line, energy drink, vodka drink, a Steve Madden shoe line and a honey maker.
Ro claims Kim often refused to attend project meetings unless she were to be paid extra for her time, which made it hard for the deals to progress.
He also claims that even when a project was executed,Lil’ Kim would refuse to promote the product and stopped taking company phone calls.
When contact was severed, Ro says that Kim filed a cease and desist letter regarding future projects and even filed a lawsuit claiming International Rock Star Corp tricked her into signing a bad licensing deal.
Now Ro is firing back with his own lawsuit.
Kim has been hit with a $15 million suit blaming her for antics that cost the company millions.
No judgement has been made yet in the case.
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Kimberly Denise Jones (born July 11, 1974), known by her stage name Lil’ Kim, is an American rapper, singer-songwriter, author, record producer, actress. She was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, living much of her adolescent life on the streets after being expelled from home. In her teens, Kim would freestyle rap, heavily influenced by actress/singer Diana Ross, and fellow female hip-hop artists like MC Lyte and The Lady of Rage. Performing a freestyle rap for The Notorious B.I.G. got her music career start in 1995 with his group Junior M.A.F.I.A., whose debut album Conspiracy generated three hit singles.
Lil’ Kim’s debut studio album, Hard Core (1996) was certified Double Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and spawned three consecutive #1 rap hits: “No Time”, “Not Tonight (Ladies Night remix)”, and “Crush on You”, a record for a female rapper. Her following albums, The Notorious K.I.M. (2000) and La Bella Mafia (2003), were certified Platinum, making her the only female rapper besides Missy Elliott to have at least 3 platinum albums. She was featured on the single, “Lady Marmalade”, which also had guest vocals by fellow recording artists Mýa, Pink and Christina Aguilera (a remake of the 1975 smash hit, originally recorded by LaBelle) which went to #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100, making her the first female rapper to have a #1 on that chart. In addition, the remake won two MTV Video Music Awards including Video of the Year, and a Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals at the 44th Grammy Awards in 2002. In 2005, she served a yearlong prison sentence for lying to a jury about her friends’ involvement in a shooting four years earlier. During her incarceration, her fourth album The Naked Truth was released. She returned to the public eye in 2009 with an appearance on Dancing with the Stars.