MANHATTAN (CN) – Hip-hop artist The Game skipped out on two concerts and walked away with $30,000, a club owner in Lebanon claims in Federal Court.
The Crystal Group, which owns various nightclubs in the Middle East, claims it booked Jayceon Taylor a.k.a. “The Game” to perform at two of its clubs, but both times he bailed.
The club owner says it wired Taylor $38,000 to perform on July 13, 2011 at its Pier 7 club in Beirut. Of that money, $30,000 went directly into The Game’s bank account, while the balance was held by the booking agent until the night of the concert, according to the lawsuit.
The Game even recorded a “video drop” – a video of him personally confirming his appearance – and sent it to The Crystal Group, the lawsuit claims.
But The Game allegedly canceled at the last minute, forcing the club owner to refund entrance fees and deal with the fallout.
The Crystal Group says it lost money on travel and hotel expenses, and income from drink sales and the resulting negative publicity.
It claims it tried to repair its reputation by rescheduling The Game to perform at two of its nightclubs, Pier 7 and Peoples in Dubai, on Sept. 15 and 16, 2011. Once again, The Game agreed to appear at the venues but never showed up, the club owner claims.
It says The Game and his touring company, BWS Touring, have refused to return the deposits or reimburse it for its expenses and lost profits.
The Crystal Group demands at least $250,000 in damages, plus punitive damages, for breach of contract, unjust enrichment and promissory estoppel.
It is represented by Jon Jekielek of Jekielek & Janis in New York.