Jermaine Dupri Settles With Ex Assistant
theJasmineBRAND.com exclusively reports, Jermaine Dupri has reached a settlement with his ex-personal assistant that will dismiss the lawsuit filed by his former employee. The music producer was accused of of never paying his former employee for over 4 years.
Here’s the latest: November 18th, docs were filed in the case that explain the court has been informed that Dupri and Taddrick Mingo have reached a settlement in principle during a mediation conference.
The agreement will have both of their dueling lawsuits dismissed and the terms of the deal will remain confidential. The settlement brings the entire case to a close which has dragged on for nearly 2 years.
Here’s the backstory: The music producer’s ex-assistant, Taddrick Mingo, filed a federal lawsuit back in 2014, in which he accused his former boss of screwing him out of wages and overtime along with violating labor laws.
Mingo began working for Dupri back in 2010 and was his personal assistant, road manager and record engineer over the years. He said he normally worked 65+ hours a week and never received his wages despite the producer assuring him the money would come eventually.
He said he worked for over 4 years and never received a paycheck. He ended up resigning from the job due to him not being paid. He filed suit for 4 years of back pay, loss of income and damages.
Dupri countersued, denying the allegations he screwed his former employee and friend out of wages.
He explained Mingo reached out to him and asked for a job as an independent music producer. He told his friend that he could use his studio for free and also live in the complex due to the man not having a home.
Mingo lived rent-free in the studio condo for 4 years and never paid rent, cable, utilities or any other bill and Dupri said he even paid for the assistant’s cell phone and a new Apple laptop.
Dupri argued Mingo was an independent worker and not employed by him due to him working for various record labels and being able to make his own schedule. He claims he even recommended him to labels for work and never was paid a commission for the projects.
The producer said when he was hired as Mariah Carey’s manager back in 2013, he started being booked more for his DJ gigs. His personal assistant told Dupri he wouldn’t be coming to his performances unless he got paid per event, despite the producer footing the bill for his hotel, travel and food costs.
Dupri finally got fed up with Mingo’s ungrateful behavior when he asked for another car – after the producer loaned him one prior – and he refused to provide him with another vehicle and told him to get vacate his condo. He countersued for monetary damages and demanded the frivolous lawsuit Mingo filed be tossed out of court.