News: Bling, Bling: Drake Catches Heat Over $30,000 Missing Rolex
Monday, Jun 11, 2012 8:02AM
Young Money star Drake is reportedly under fire in a missing $30,000 Rolex case as a New York attorney claims Drizzy is the owner of his pricey watch.
According to reports, the fancy jewelry turned up missing last year.
New York City lawyer James McMillan said he purchased a brand new, rose gold Rolex Presidential with a diamond bezel for $30,000 back in 2009 at Rafaello & Co. on West 47th Street, and happily wore the splashy timepiece for two years without any problems. Last year, the Manhattan entertainment lawyer brought the watch in for a cleaning at the same store, which boasts Alicia Keys, Jamie Foxx and Carmelo Anthony among its clients. But when he went back a week later to pick it up, staffers told him his beloved bling was not there -- because owner Rafael Aranbayev "loved the Rolex so much he was now wearing it as his own personal watch," McMillan claims in a Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit. (My Fox Detroit)
After the watch went missing, lawyer McMillan claims he found out Drake had it.
Assured the watch would be returned, a perplexed but determined McMillan waited another week and went back to the store. This time he was told the watch was "gone." They gave McMillan a Franck Muller watch, which can range from $30,000 to $180,000 in price, to hold and fitted him for a new Rolex, repeatedly promising to replace the custom timepiece. McMillan, convinced a new watch was on its way, even returned the Muller. But his wrist remained bare. And the persistent McMillan finally learned who had his prized timepiece: Canadian rap star Drake, according to McMillan's lawyer, Claudine King. "He goes back to the store and confronts them and they confirmed that the watch was sold." (My Fox Detroit)
In light of the accusations, Drizzy's came has reportedly come forward and denied the accusations.
Manhattan lawyer James McMillan filed a lawsuit in New York, says the NY Post, claiming his $30k Rose-Gold Rolex Presidential watch with a diamond bezel went missing from a midtown jeweler last year. McMillian claims the jeweler wouldn't return the watch and eventually sold his Rolex to rapper Drake. But sources close to Drake tell TMZ ... that claim is total BS. We're told the rapper does own a Rose-Gold Rolex -- which can be seen on the cover of his album "Take Care" -- but is adamant he bought it directly from Rolex himself. Our sources say Drake NEVER received a watch from the midtown jeweler named in the case. (TMZ)
An additional source claims the Young Money star is unfamiliar with the celebrity jeweler.
When McMillan went to pick it up after dropping it off for a cleaning, he said a store employee told him it was sold to Drake. But a source close to Drake said he got it directly from Rolex -- and had "never heard of this jeweler." (My Fox Philly)
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