Lil Peep’s mother Liza Womack claims that her late son’s music brand refuses to pay as much as $ 4 million for her property – and that it’s all part of a “transparent” attempt to quell her untimely death and business case against the company and its top executive. The brand, First Access Entertainment, disputed the claim at a court hearing on Tuesday, saying the emo rapper’s mother is the one to blame for any delay.
“The FAE is trying to stifle her funds by denying her her royalty income, which they know she owes,” Womack’s attorney, Paul A. Matiasic, said Tuesday in Los Angeles open court. Matiasic says the $ 4 million owed to his client is royalty revenue from Peeps Music, which the FAE allegedly “admitted” it owed the property. He also claims that his client’s relationship with the UAE is sadly “dysfunctional” and needs court intervention as the parties try to work together on Peep’s musical legacy as they launch a legal war over his death and intellectual property rights.
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“It’s not true that it’s dysfunctional,” UAE lawyer John W. Amberg told the court. “It is also not true that the FAE owes the estate more than 4 million dollars. That is simply not true. It’s just an argument used to get someone’s sympathy here. ”
Peep, whose real name was Gustav Elijah Åhr, died on November 15, 2017 behind a turbo in Tucson, Arizona, on the penultimate stop on his doomed North American tour. His autopsy revealed lethal levels of fentanyl and Xanax in his system.
Although the FAE has called the death a “self-inflicted overdose of drugs” from “street medicine he received from unknown sources,” Womack filed his unlawful death suit in Los Angeles in October 2019. Her filing came seven months later Rolling stones published an exhaustive study who joined the culture of drug-addicted disorder that permeated her son Come by when you’re sober trip and last days.
The trial brought several allegations against the UAE, Chief of Staff Belinda Mercer and others, including breach of contract and “negligence, negligence, ruthlessness and misconduct” that allegedly led to Åhr’s death. Womack claims the defendants failed to perform their jobs when her son actively expressed to them that he was “anxious, stressed, overwhelmed, burnt out, exhausted and physically uncomfortable.”
“The defendant ignored these cries for help and pushed instead [him] into the scene after the scene in town after town, pying and propping [him] up with illegal drugs and undescribed controlled drugs along the way, «it says in the suit.
A lawsuit in the case was due to begin in November, but the start date was pushed back this summer after the FAE sued Womack for selling goods with her son’s name without its consent. This move set the stage for Womack to file her own cross-complaint in March, claiming that the FAE and its chief Sarah Stennett “engaged in a cover-up” after Åhr’s death and “deliberately” withheld money while trying to to “deprive” Womack of any ability to profit from Gus’ inheritance. ”
Womack and her attorney are now pushing to interrupt the business claims from the unlawful death claims so the former can be heard on a faster schedule. The FAE opposes the action. According to Amberg, it is Womack who is creating problems in the business relationship because the FAE cannot “close” its books while she allegedly sells goods and mediates external trades. He says there is no emergency that requires a faster trial for the business conflict.
Womack’s lawyer disagrees. “The fact that we do not have our day in court [in November] allows the FAE to continue to withhold money. We believe that they are sadly undercapitalised, we believe that they have mixed up the funds due to the estate, and we are very worried that they will waste the money away, “Matiasic argued during the hearing on Tuesday.
“It seems to me that there is a merit in resolving the business issues,” Judge Teresa A. Beaudet said. “It’s going to take a while to deal with [wrongful death] damaging case. We are just trying to correct the delay that will be inevitable so that the parties do not step on each other in business. ”
Judge Beaudet closed Tuesday’s case by telling Womack’s lawyer that if he wants the right to divide the case into separate components, he must prepare a motion before the next hearing on October 12.
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