No-Show Rapper Added Insult to Injury

     CLEVELAND (CN) – After refusing to take the stage one night, rapper Rich the Kid told the Twitterverse that the promoter was “janky,” that businessman claims in court.
     The feud erupted last summer, according to the complaint, after Cleveland promoter Chas Gore contracted with Quality Control Music and Too Official Promotions for an Aug. 30, 2014, show at the Agora Theater and Ballroom.
     More than 800 concertgoers nearly started a riot when Rich the Kid, an Atlanta, Ga., rapper whose real name is Dimitri Lesley Roger, arrived at the Agora but refused to perform, Gore claims.
     “After abruptly refusing to play, defendants left to perform at a different venue, which they had previously scheduled in direct breach of the parties’ contract,” the complaint filed Monday in the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas states.
     In addition to this contract-breaching performance on Aug. 30, the defendants scheduled and promoted a competing Aug. 31 event in Kent, Ohio, according to the complaint.
     Adding insult to injury, the rapper then “went on a rant on Twitter,” Gore says.
     On Aug. 31, @IAmRichTheKid posted: “Janky Promoter smfh,” according to the complaint.
     In Internet lingo, “smh” is a popular abbreviation for an exasperated person to let readers know that he is shaking his head.
     Gore says the defamatory statement “was retweeted forty-seven times,” damaging Gore’s reputation as a promoter and causing a prospective venue to not let Gore promote a previously scheduled and upcoming event.
     The complaint seeks damages for breach of contract, defamation and tortious interference with prospective business relationship.
     Gore is represented by attorney Christopher Kelley. The complaint misspells Gore’s first name as Chase. Kelley declined to otherwise comment on the case.

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