Post Malone is facing allegations of domestic violence, with a lawsuit filed against him by a law firm, Martorell Law, which had previously represented his ex-girlfriend Ashlen Diaz in legal matters related to palimony.
Diaz allegedly promised her legal team a cut of the settlement she aimed to receive from financial support from her relationship with the rapper despite not being married. According to last year’s lawsuit by Martorell Law, he allegedly pushed her into an out-of-court agreement that would bypass the law firm.
The law firm intends to present strong evidence, including images and texts, showing Post Malone’s control over Diaz’s life, indicating that she was pressured to bypass the law firm and settle privately with him.
Martorell Law has filed a damages claim against Post Malone, alleging emotional and physical abuse and coercion of Diaz into firing her lawyer, a claim Post Malone seeks to dismiss as “frivolous, unreasonable, or without foundation.”
“Coercion and pressure of one’s romantic partner combined with physical and emotional abuse in violation of the Penal Code, in an effort to deprive that person of competent legal counsel and with the knowledge that the actor is also depriving legal counsel of its attorneys’ fee, constitutes an independent wrongful act,” the motion reads.
“These facts were what the underlying case would have been all about — a palimony dispute wherein this pattern of abuse and imbalance of power was used to suppress Ms. Diaz literally physically and emotionally, only to leave her powerless and money-less after he was caught red-handed on a yacht by TMZ with another woman in the midst of an alleged unfaithful tryst.”
“Plaintiff’s counsel has, to date, avoided airing out these salacious facts based upon their professionalism and respect for the court process, but given Defendant Post’s counsel’s insistence within pleadings on falsely painting this case as one where Defendant Post lacked the ability to control Ms. Diaz, if the Court finds it necessary for these further specific allegations and the photographic and text evidence thereof to be asserted in pleadings.”
Martorell argued that, “It simply cannot be the case that one of the world’s most powerful celebrities with a documented history of physical and emotional abuse towards his romantic partner uses his power and money to deprive her of legal representation and in doing so, blatantly interferes with a contingency fee agreement robbing her attorney from being paid and gets away with it scot-free.”
Founding partner Eduardo Martorell added: “During the course of my representation of Ms. Diaz, Ms. Diaz informed me that she suffered from acts of domestic abuse during her dating relationship with Defendant Post, which I now believe to be related to Ms. Diaz’s breach of the contingency fee agreement. Ms. Diaz provided me with photographs and text messages with Defendant Post, and information relating to Defendant Post’s abuse.”