Rihanna and her management company, Roc Nation, owned by Sean ‘Jay-Z’ Carter, are being sued for allegedly collecting money for a concert appearance that was not given. The 28-year old Barbadian singer was booked to perform a show in Eko Hotel in Lagos by the plaintiff in the suit, Mr. Chris Ubosi and his radio station, Megalectrics back in May 2013.
Mr. Ubosi claims he made a deal with two individuals who represented Rihanna, Roc Nation and Jay-Z with the promise that she would be paid $425,000 for a 65-minute performance at the Eko Hotel in Lagos. The promoter made a good faith payment of $160,000 in three installments. He then claimed she asked to push back the concert to July. Mr. Ubosi agreed on the condition that Rihanna alert her fans of the date switch on social media.
In the lawsuit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, Mr. Ubosi claims that the singer never mentioned the change on social media as agreed. Therefore he and Megalectrics “demanded the full and prompt return of their money.” Mr. Ubosi claims he never got the $160,000 advance back and so he’s taking Rihanna to court. Her label Roc Nation and founder Jay-Z, 46, were named as defendants.
The Barbadian singer and her camp, on the other hand, are saying Mr. Ubosi and Megalectrics are the victim of a scam and that they had nothing to do with this deal.
“Rihanna, Roc Nation nor anyone associated personally or professionally with either party was in contact with this person,” a spokesperson for Roc Nation said. “Unfortunately this person was scammed. Neither Rihanna nor Roc Nation collected any money for this event.”
Rihanna is currently on a world tour to support her eighth studio album, Anti, released on January 28 exclusively through Tidal. She is expected to perform 74 shows across North America and Europe.