A concert promoter is suing Young Thug for $150,000 over a show that was canceled due to his arrest.
Thugger was arrested in May after being accused of conspiracy to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act and participation in criminal street gang activity. He’s since been behind bars after being denied bond, though he’s maintained his innocence.
Before his arrest, Georgia-based A-1 Concert booked the rapper, whose real name is Jeffery Williams, to perform a 45-minute set at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta on June 18. The company agreed to pay Thug $300,000, with half of the fee being paid upfront in January and the remainder would be paid after the performance. The show did not go on for obvious reasons, and now, A-1 Concert wants their $150,000 back.
The lawsuit filed by the promoter says, “On or about 9 May 2022, the Fulton County District Attorney office announced that it had arrested Williams on a 56 count indictment, involving serious felonies offenses including, but not limited to, drug possession, RICO (Racketeer Influenced And Corrupt Organizations Act) and murder.”
It continues, saying that on May 12, the promoter “received an email from Trey Feazell, Executive VP Arena Programming for the Atlanta Hawks and State Farm Arena, informing that the venue was canceling the performance, due to ‘(among other things) the headline artist Young Thug’s recent indictment on multiple felonies and his current incarceration without bail.'”
“Due to his arrest and the nature of the felony criminal charges against Williams,” it continues, “it was immediately apparent in May 2022 that he would not be able to perform as required in the agreement.”
The promoter claims that the agreement stated the $150,000 advance would be returned if the show did not go on. A-1 Concert also claims to have reached out to the rapper’s team. However, the money was never sent back, and now they are suing for breach of contract.