Nicki Minaj Accused of Trying to Shake Down Club
theJasmineBRAND.com exclusively reports that Nicki Minaj is accused of conspiring to shake down a Las Vegas nightclub for an extra $200,000 related to a club appearance. The rapper/singer now faces being sued for fraud by the company who booked the gig, due to their belief she lied about her relationship with a concert booker.
Here’s the latest: On November 2nd, Fantastic Entertainment Enterprises filed docs in the case explaining they now believe Nicki conspired to defraud them out of $200k. The company says they uncovered new evidence regarding Nicki’s relationship with Epitome – the company she said she didn’t know previously.
F.E.E. believes the singer/rapper and Epitome worked together in a fraudulent scheme to try to get more money out of them for Nicki’s “performance” at the event.
Originally, they believed Epitome was one of Nicki’s agents until 2 of her lawyers informed them they had no idea who Epitome was and had no relationship with them. However, through discovery in the lawsuit they have learned that is blatantly false.
A representative of Nicki, Ms. Angela Ford, testified that prior to the Las Vegas gig, they had worked with Epitome on other occasions.
Ms. Ford even personally knew Epitome’s principal, Mr. Anthony Botter, and referred to him by his nickname, “Blitz”. Plaintiff has uncovered that not only did Epitome and Defendants know each other, but they had worked together in the past and have had a relationship in the past.
The company believes Epitome continues to book events for Nicki and therefore has reason to believe there is a relationship between the two and they conspired together to try and shake down the club for an extra $200k.
According to court docs, a rep for the rapper/singer showed up to the club hours before the event and demanded an extra $200,000 from the club or they couldn’t record her during the event. They strongly believe that Nicki and Epitome worked together to alter the contract they signed and take out the provision allowing the club to record the singer.
F.E.E. says if Nicki had any part in switching the language of the contract, such action constitutes fraud and they are demanding the judge allow them to amend their lawsuit to add that claim against the singer.
Nicki and her company deny the new allegations saying the new “fraud-based theories make no sense” and are no plausibly based on any new information learned in discovery.
A victim of fraud knows who mislead it and by what means it was misled.
Here’s backstory: A company named Fantastic Entertainment Enterprises filed suit against Nicki Minaj’s company Pink Personality for ruining a Vegas club appearance they paid her for in 2015.
The suit explained an appearance agreement was signed by Nicki to show up and perform at Chateau Night Club in the Paris Hotel on May 2nd, directly following Floyd Mayweather’s fight with Pacquiao.
Per the deal, Nicki was to arrive at the club at midnight, she would remain at the club for at least an hour and perform 2 songs. The company agreed to pay the rap queen a total of 236k for her appearance and also cover her transportation and accommodation costs.
However, they said Nicki failed to follow the terms of the deal she signed. They claim she didn’t show up till 1:19am, stayed only for 34 minutes and refused to perform 2 songs at the club. They also accused her security guard of arriving to the club and disconnecting their equipment that was set up to film the event (not only Nicki’s appearance) and as a result they lost even more money.
The company sent Nicki’s team a letter in May demanding a refund of the money they paid her, but they have refused for months and have not paid back a dime.
F.E.E. demanded the return of the 236k paid to Nicki along with damages for the money she caused them to lose. Nicki responded, explaining she never signed any contract with Fantastic Entertainment Enterprises but rather with another company named Jam House Inc.
The pop star said she performed all the contractual obligations the night of the appearance. She admits she was paid 150k to show up for an hour and perform 2 songs, which she claims she did.
The singer accused the company of filing a copy of an altered contract with their lawsuit. Nicki explained that the agreement filed includes terms that she never approved or had knowledge of previously.
She added all terms of the contract were completed fully the night of her appearance and if there was anything she didn’t do it was due to unreasonable expectations, unforeseeable events or fraud.
Nicki demanded the entire lawsuit be thrown out. Then shortly after, she returned to court and filed a counter-suit against Jam House. She explains that while negotiating the deal for the club appearance her people dealt with a middle man named Anthony Botter (aka Blitz) who owns and operates The Epitome Group.
She said that she signed the contract and sent it back to Epitome Group. However, she has learned there were 2 contracts drafted by the company and the 2nd one she didn’t see had provided for more compensation to be paid to her. Nicki never signed the 2nd agreement.
Nicki accused either Jam House or Epitome of keeping the extra money beyond the $150k. She filed suit demanding the judge not hold her liable for any judgement the club is awarded in their lawsuit, saying she didn’t do anything wrong and fulfilled all her duties on the contract.