Can’t a guy just serve his time in prison in peace? Lil Wayne’s year-long prison sentence, in addition to providing blogs with constant material, has been wrought with additional legal dilemmas for the pint-sized MC. This week, Wayne’s former manager, Melissa Philipian, sued the rapper for $500,000 on top of the 15 percent of his estimated $200 million earnings five years ago. This is the third time Wayne has been sued since he entered Rikers.
In 2005, Philipian was reportedly fired by Lil Wayne for booking what the rapper felt was a sub-par hotel room. (After all, dude needs the finest linens.) In April 2006, Philipian sued Wayne for failing to pay the amount, even after having signed a three-year agreement and booking 21 shows. Weezy claimed that he never signed a contract with Philipian and that she forged his signature. The matter was later settled out of court for $375,000.
What appears to have done Wayne in is a YouTube video of an old interview with Wayne in which he allegedly discusses his professional relationship with Philipian, acknowledging her as his manager and saying she was the best thing that had happened to his career. He then allegedly recounts all of the professional accomplishments he has achieved as a result of the ex-manager’s guidance.
The former manager has filed a new lawsuit, accusing Lil Wayne, Cash Money, and Universal Music Group of fraud, tortious interference, civil conspiracy, and breach of contract.
According to the complaint filed in Florida District Court, Lil Wayne blacklisted Philipian, telling associates and others to stop doing business with her. She claims that after the settlement was signed, the rapper spread lies that Philipian stole money from him and filed her original lawsuit as an extortion scam.
And the drama continues: Philipian signed a new artist, Tyga, to her roster of clients, however after Philipian advanced him $7,000, Tyga would not work with her after Wayne told him that he “would not do business with anyone who does business with Philipian.”