In compensation, dealer Ross seeks to prevent the release of rapper Ross’s upcoming new album, Teflon Don, as well as half of all of rapper Ross’s gross royalties, and further damages, totaling at least $10 million.
Claims in the lawsuit:
-“Defendant Carter a/k/a/ Jay-Z signed Defendant Roberts while President of DEF JAM and at all times relevant hereto, Defendant Carter engaged in RICK ROSS business with Defendants and Roberts, and Shawn Carter gained financially from using RICK ROSS’ name, and he established himself as a successful rap music industry executive as a result of his RICK ROSS activities.”
-“Injury to the Plaintiff’s right of publicity is not just limited to present or future economic loss but includes humiliation, embarrassment, and emotional or mental distress, and Defendants caused Plaintiff humiliation and mental distress.”
“This false criminal image gained from using Rick Ross’ name gave Roberts credibility in rap and helped sell music because in rap music prior to the success of Eminem and Kanye West, most rappers had, or claimed a criminal background that they survived, then rose to success [sic]…”
Full Story: Miami New Times(more claims)
Looks like Freeway Ricky Ross is going for millions in this lawsuit. I don’t see the claims holding much weight in court. How many of you even knew of Freeway Ricky Ross before this drama? What do you think of this statement, “prior to the success of Eminem and Kanye West, most rappers had, or claimed a criminal background that they survived, then rose to success.”
In the video above Fox news takes a look at the life of Freeway Ricky Ross’ life.