got slapped with a lawsuit Monday (March 23) in Broward Circuit Court -- for canceling a major concert in Guyana last month because of alleged kidnap and death threats.
The plaintiff, Hits and Jams Entertainment
, says T-Pain
became a major pain by making grandiose demands -- from a private jet and FBI protection to a phone chat with Guyana's president.
, paid $75,000 in advance, failed to appear, according to the complaint filed by Miami attorney Ron Lowy
Hits and Jams
, the Georgetown-based concert producer and promoter, along with three of its officers, also sued T-Pain's Nappy Boy Touring
and Chase Entertainment
of Fort Lauderdale.
was to headline the Republic Day event on Feb. 23. Hits and Jams provided more than a dozen airline tickets for T-Pain
and his entourage, including seven in first class.
The contract also called for: a ''four-star hotel or better'' with Cartoon Network
and 24-hour room service; a stadium dressing room with a private bathroom; and bottles of Grey Goose, Gran Patrón Platinum and Hennessy, and Gatorade and herbal tea.
But on Feb. 20, Chase Entertainment's David Abram
told the promoters he'd been 'advised by a credible source associated with T-Pain's
camp that T-Pain
should not `come' to Guyana because he would be killed or kidnapped because Hits and Jams had not paid their 'street guys.' ''
Negotiations failed to allay T-Pain's
security fears, although the threats were never substantiated. Two days before showtime, Abram
''offered to return the $75,000 advance payment and to assist with the damage control,'' the suit says. But the promoter said that would not offset damages or ``remedy the disappointment to the Guyanese fans.''
lodged a $5 million breach-of-contract claim against T-Pain
and Nappy Boy
. He also filed libel and defamation counts against all the defendants, including Abram
: ''It was a legitimate security threat.'' Chase
management company, did not want to put the artist in ''harm's way,'' Abram
''We feel horrible about not being able to play the concert,'' he said. ``We are going to do what needs to be done to make this right with the promoters They're a good company. We're a good company.''
Source: Miami Herald