Beyoncé Is Reportedly Being Subpoenaed In ‘Black is King’ Legal Battle
Beyoncé is being subpoenaed in a new lawsuit, over her acclaimed Disney visual album/ musical film, “Black is King”. The lawsuit was filed by a resident of Shelter Island, a town where filming took place for the project. A resident by the name of Michael Gaynor has taken legal action against the local town council for allegedly permitting Beyoncé to shoot a video at a historical site in return for what he claims a “substantial fee.” He also alleges that neither Beyoncé nor Disney got permits for the shoot at Sylvester Manor, the former home of slave trader Nathaniel Sylvester. Gaynor said,
“I’m a very wealthy person, and I’m able to defend myself when I’m treated unfairly in my community. What we find so beautiful about Shelter Island is its historical nature, it’s a very simple place, untouched, but increasingly the fact is that if you’re wealthy on the island you’ll be treated one way, and it’s different for everyone else.”
Gaynor’s court filing claims,
“The farm was paid a substantial fee for the filming and was required to sign non-disclosure agreements assuring its secrecy.”
Along with Gaynor’s claims, another resident spoke out and shares similar opinions about the matter.
“The residents here are sick of the town board. We think they give favors to elites like Beyoncé. They don’t care about the Ambulance Corps or the Meals on Wheels programs — they’re only for rich people.”
Reportedly, Gaynor attempted to serve the subpoena to Beyoncé at her East Hampton mansion, but the court documents state:
“It has now been over a month since Beyoncé was served with the Subpoena, and she has not objected to any of the Subpoena .?.?. nor has she provided any justification for her failure to respond.”
The filing adds:
“This Court should compel Beyoncé to comply .?.?. within 14 days issuing a warrant for a Sheriff to bring her to be deposed — or order her to pay costs, penalties, and damages.”
Beyoncé and her team have yet to comment on the matter.
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