Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood star A1 Bentley is accused of crushing the dreams of an aspiring 18-year-old artist. In court documents obtained by The Blast, Carley Marie Masten, AKA “C’Marie” and her father Jeffrey Masten are suing Floyd Bentley AKA “A1 Bentley” and Sound Entertainment for alleged fraud.
Both claim the reality star “quickly transitioned from star producer to one who began to lose his luster and become so desperate to make money he no longer cares about doing quality work, just stealing money from inexperienced people hoping to get into the music industry (as the Plaintiffs both were when they met Defendant Bentley.)”
The two chose to work with the producer due to his history of making hit songs with established stars like Usher, Chris Brown, Ty Dolla Sign, Wiz Khalifa, and G-Eazy. A1 had a “reputation as a credible professional,” which helped cement their decision to work with him.
In 2018, C’Marie signed a producer contract after being “induced” by A1. Under the agreement, he was to produce, write, and record songs for her. He promised to establish her career and get her a record deal, but this never happened.
C’Marie claims A1 also “induced” her to pay a total of $376,000, using her father’s “life savings.” She accuses him of taking advantage of her father’s love for her and his desire to make her dreams come true.
A1 alleged the money was to finance the production of a 12-song album, 3 music videos, a concert tour, and a radio promotion.
Apparently, he did not finish the album or the three music videos. Nor did he promote her music on the radio. According to the suit, the producer also broke his promise of getting her featured on the show “Love & Hip Hop, as well as securing her the opening act for T-pain’s tour. C’Marie believes he never had intentions of getting this done but instead wanted it for his wife, Lyrica Anderson.
The lawsuit accuses A1 Bentley of breach of contract, fraud, intentional misrepresentation, negligent misrepresentation, and conversation.
The Mastens seek the return of $376,000 and an additional $1.5 million in punitive damages.