News: Chief Keef Loses 'Major' Battle, Rapper Forced To Pay Thousands
Sunday, Aug 4, 2013 8:28PM
Chicago rapper Chief Keef's legal woes continue to make up a large part of his early hip-hop career as reports claim he owes over $230,000 to a concert promotion company.
According to reports, Keef's decision to fall back on addressing a lawsuit earlier this year has now cost him big bucks.
The 17-year-old rapper was sued by a concert promotion company called Team Major back in March ... which claimed Keef screwed 'em over by bailing on a London gig -- set to go down Dec. 29th 2012. TM claimed Keef's stunt cost them OVER $75,000, including his advance. Now the lesson part: according to docs, Chief NEVER bothered to respond to TM's suit. After FOUR months of radio silence a judge ruled in favor of Team Major ... simply by default. Then the judge stuck it to Keef ... ordering him to cough up $230,019 for damages, loss of earnings, and reputational harm. (TMZ)
Coincidentally, Keef recently avoided time behind bars and settled a speeding arrest.
Chief Keef, whose real name is Keith Cozart, was ordered to pay $531 for his May 27 arrest in Northfield, where he was pulled over after driving twice the posted speed limit, according to the Cook County Circuit Court Clerk's office. He paid the fine and has no other outstanding debts. He also faced a charge of driving with an unlawful number of passengers for a graduated driver, but that charge was dropped, according to the clerk's office. A dashboard camera video of the arrest surfaced shortly after, and after an officer tells Cozart that he was driving 110 mph, he is heard responding, "That's a fast car. That's why I bought it." (Chicago Sun-Times)
In May, Keef addressed his headline-generating buzz and gossip-driven publication TMZ's coverage of it once the story went viral.
""@TMZ: Chief Keef ARRESTED for Speeding -- 110 MILES PER HOUR! http://tmz.me/1avSUWg "how da F*ck Dey Kno," he tweeted May 29th with an unhappy face expression. (Chief Keef's Twitter)
The rapper's arrest had the Internet in a frenzy a few months ago.
Chicago rapper Chief Keef was charged early Monday with excessive speeding in Northfield -- one week after being arrested in Georgia on a marijuana charge. According to Northfield police records, Keef, whose real name is Keith F. Cozart, was stopped on the northbound Edens Expressway (I-94) after being clocked driving 110 miles per hour in a 55 mph zone from Lake Avenue to Tower Road in north suburb, Pioneer Press is reporting. (Chicago CBS Local)