The management of Gucci Mane
has answered damaging allegations from a 10-page Ozone
magazine article accusing them of committing fraud against multiple promoters across the country.
The article, written by Ozone founder Julia Beverly
, is scheduled to print in the publication’s next edition, but is available now for download.
In it, several promoters give similar stories of being swindled out of thousands of dollars due to no-shows, double bookings, and last minute booking/travel fees.
Also, several promoters alleged their deposit money, sometimes reaching over $27,000
, was never returned.
In an exclusive statement to AllHipHop.com, Johnnie Cabbell
first addressed his history within the music industry.
“I am fully aware of the recent allegations which have been made about me and my company Hitt Afta Hitt Entertainment (HAH). I am a licensed and bonded entertainment booker and have been operating my company successfully for almost a decade,”
Cabbell explained. “During my career, I have booked thousands upon thousands of shows and have worked with various promoters all over the country. I have maintained an impeccable track record and am operating within the confines of all applicable laws. I’ve always strived to do the best job I can possibly do and will continue to do that
"It has been no secret in the music industry that Ozone Magazine’s Julia Beverly has taken out a personal vendetta on Gucci’s management (Debra Antney) and official booking agent (Johnnie Cabbell.) She has been internet twitting, fictitiously reporting and email blasting false accusations against me and my company. However, it is apparent that the people that know about the business and are familiar with all three parties can weed through the BS. There has been an influx of support from our fan base, business associates, friends and family who really know these individuals for what they are-the good and the bad. Journalist, Isis Wisdom of Wordonthestreetsmag.com has expressed her disdain and personal experiences with Julia Beverly on her site, as well as held interviews to uncover the truth behind the rumors. Local Atlantan news/gossip diva Sandra Rose has come out in attesting to Julia’s scandalous reputation and history in the business. To read the full post, click here. Hitt Afta Hitt would like to thank everyone who continues to support and believe in the REAL throughout it all. What’s done in the dark, will come to the light soon enough.
The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it!!!"
Because of the financial and ethical ramifications from the allegations made in the Ozone article, Cabbell disclosed that his efforts to clear his name will take place through judicial means.
“[Gucci Mane’s booking agent] Johnnie Cabbell is a grand vampire,” stated Chicago
in the article, who claims to have lost close to $100,000
in his business dealings with Hitt Afta Hitt Entertainment
“I don’t want to work with Johnnie anymore. He sucks the blood out of you…They were double booking shows and Johnnie was taking all the deposits,” Godfather stated.
“Due to the sensitive nature of the vicious accusations made against me, it raises some serious and potential legal issues,” Cabbell told AllHipHop.com. “My legal counsel is advising me every step of the way with respect to how I handle this situation going forward. We’re prepared to fight the rumors and are dedicated to the challenge of restoring our goodwill and credibility within the industry.”
You can read the Ozone Magazine article here
At press time, Gucci Mane is currently serving a one year sentence for parole violation.
His anticipated sophomore album The State vs. Radric Davis
is set to be released on December 8.
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