Hip-Hop mogul Jay-Z and a few record label executives are being accused of not paying a $1,500 nightclub bill in New York City, prompting the owner to consider pressing charges.
The incident reportedly took place earlier this year.
Jay-Z is said to have enjoyed a night out at the city’s M2 hotspot in Chelsea in February 2009 with Atlantic Records executive Michael Kyser and Universal Music Group boss Shawn Costner. M2 manager Dan Develin claims the group was handed a heavily discounted $1,500 bill at the end of the night but left without settling their tab. (Contact Music)
Develin claims the club has been trying to get the bill paid for over a period of weeks.
“Jay-Z ordered a bottle of Patron Platinum and some expensive champagne, and everything was going great,” he explained. “Jay-Z ended up tipping the waitress $500 and going outside to wait…Before we could get [Kyser] to sign the receipt, he left the club…Of course, we still have his card, so we called up his office, and his assistant told us someone would come by to sign. Weeks went by, and no one ever did. Finally, we got a call from AmEx and were told that Kyser was disputing the charge. When we called him up again, his assistant said, ‘Oh, Michael says he doesn’t actually remember being there’ — which is crazy because we have his card and photos of him and Jay-Z.” (New York Post)
Jay was recently spotted in the Big Apple at the New York Yankees’ season opener.
Current and former New York City Mayors Michael Bloomberg and Rudolph Giuliani watched from the first row to the plate side of the Yankees dugout in some of the most expensive seats, while former Yankees pitcher David Wells sat in the bleachers. New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan was on hand, as was rapper Jay-Z. (USA Today)
Aside from the club dispute, Jay has reportedly secured a fragrance deal.
Jay-Z, Rihanna and Kanye West all got fragrance deals when Iconic Fragrances, LLC (where Jay-Z is a principal) signed an agreement with Parlux. Also part of the contract is the announcement of an upcoming scent with a “well-established female artist.” Considering it’s Jay-Z’s deal and he’s married to Beyonce, let’s read between the lines on that one. (New York Magazine)