Akon ordered to cough up nearly $165,000 in unpaid rent after ignoring lawsuit
Akon tried to dodge a lawsuit from a leasing company over unpaid rent, but was ordered to pay the company nearly $165,000 by the judge.
Akon tried to ignore a lawsuit, but it ended up backfiring on him. After a leasing company by the name of GTFM sued the singer for failing to pay rent for a space he occupied on the Empire State Building's 66th floor in order to house his high-end clothing line Aliaune Milano, the singer refused to respond to the suit, leading the judge to pronounce a default judgment on the singer, TMZ reported.
According to the lawsuit, Akon agreed to pay $25,000 every month to GTFM to use the space from July 2012. He reportedly did pay his rent diligently until he suddenly stopped in July 2015. Akon's fashion line stopped using the space in January 2016, which left the leasing company bereft of seven months' worth of rent.
In order to obtain the unpaid rent, GTFM sued Akon for the money, but he never acknowledged the lawsuit, leading the judge to order the singer to pay the leasing company $164,786.99 as compensation, which amounts to at least $10k less than the rent owed for seven months.
This lawsuit isn't the first of Akon's legal woes, as he was sued last year by the music executive who helped him launch his career as well as Konvict Music, Devyne Stephens, who claimed that Akon contractually owed him $150 million (or 40%) out of the $400 million or so he had made in the decade.
Akon admitted to clashing with Stephens over the contract but claimed that he had settled things with the executive in 2015. However, Stephens said that he still hadn't received what Akon owed him since 2006 when the album 'Konvict' that he was executive producer of was released.
This news comes merely days after Akon boasted that he could have re-electrified Puerto Rico in 30 days after Hurricane Maria hit, if the government hadn't rejected him, despite the success of his Akon Lighting Africa project that had brought power to 14 countries in Africa.
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