News: Fake Drake Manager Swindles Promoters, Sued For $27K
Tuesday, Aug 10, 2010 3:10PM
A man who allegedly posed as the manager of rap star Drake is reportedly being sued for $27,000 by a company called Eagles Entertainment Inc.
According to reports, the company was duped for a $9,000 deposit believing they were booking Drake for a show.
According to a complaint filed by Eagles Entertainment Inc. the defendant, Joey Turner Jr. impersonated Cortez Bryant to book the Canadian superstar rapper. Turner, who allegedly contacted Eagles Entertainment and misrepresented himself, claimed that he was Cortez Bryant in hopes to book the rapper for an upcoming show in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He told Eagle Entertainment that Drake's asking fee was $90,000 and collected a $9,000 deposit, for a show that was supposed to take place September 1st. "In making his statements the defendant knew that the statements and misrepresentations of defendant were in fact false and intentionally fraudulent," the lawsuit reads. (Hip Hop Wired)
Last February, Drake issued a statement regarding fake booking agents.
"It has been brought to my attention that false promoters and booking agents are illegally using my name and likeness to promote concerts and club appearances for their own financial gain. It is frustrating for me to hear that many of my fans, who like myself are innocent victims in these scams, have been misled due to the greed of these promoters. I apologize to any fan that has been a victim of these circumstances or feels let down by false advertising. Please be assured that my team and I take these matters seriously and are actively cooperating with authorities. I cannot thank my fans enough for supporting my music and all that I do." (Rap Radar)
In spring 2009, Drake made headlines after an unauthorized compilation of his music was released for retail sale via iTunes.
An unauthorized album called The Girls Love Drake, which features selections from the Toronto rapper's mixtape and other tracks, was released May 28th by a label called Canadian Money Entertainment and distributed by the Independent Online Distribution Alliance (IODA) on iTunes, Rhapsody and Amazon. Drake's camp, which is still trying to clear the samples on So Far Gone and his two other mixtapes in hopes of selling them in stores, says it didn't authorize the release. If it hadn't been disqualified on the grounds that it wasn't confirmed as being an official album, The Girls Love Drake would have debuted this week at No. 101 on the Billboard 200, No. 16 on the Digital Albums chart and No. 1 on the Heatseekers tally. (Billboard)
One of Drake's managers, Al Branch, also addressed the album's national release.
"This is a straight bootleg, a scandal. We are behind promoting records at radio, but haven't sold it," Branch said in a statement. "iTunes position is that they are a store and they stock everything. They have a waiver and as long as people sign it and are responsible for the product they submit, then they go for it." (Statement)
No further details have been revealed as of now.
Check out a recent Drake interview down below: