Bryan “Birdman” Williams was hit with a lawsuit Oct. 15 for breach of contract in which a promoter is accusing the Cash Money Records co-founder of accepting $275,000 in advanced funds for a Lil’ Wayne show that never happened.
According to the lawsuit, promoter Jose Fernandez of Illuminaty and defendant Rhonita Thornton entered into a written deal memo Oct. 26, 2007, in which Thornton and Kreativ Kontrol “were to produce a concert with Lil’ Wayne and Birdman and friends” scheduled for Nov. 23 in New Orleans.
Fernandez immediately advanced funds to Birdman and Kreativ.
The show was then canceled because of “lack of time to promote the event, not enough time to schedule the talent and that the weather was too cold.”
The show was rescheduled for Jan. 5 in Miami and Fernandez continued to advance funds to Thornton, Kreativ and Birdman.
The January gig was canceled because there was a lack of time to promote and the inability to line up the talent, according to the lawsuit, and a third show was scheduled for March 16 in Miami.
That show never happened. The suit says “to date no concert has been produced nor is there a date for any concert.”
The suit claims Birdman and associates never planned to do the show.
“At the time the defendents, and each of them, promised to promote and produce a concert with Birdman and friends, they had no intentions of ever doing the concert. The promises were made to induce plaintiffs to advance funds in the sum of $275,000 to defendants,” the suit says.
“Plaintiffs are unaware of the exact amount of their damages, but will amend this complaint to state the true amount to conform to proof at time of trial.”
As a result, the suit claims Fernandez “suffered shame, mortification, humiliation, worry, anxiety, stress and other emotional distress in an amount to be proven at trial.”
Fernandez is seeking special, general and punitive damages plus attorneys fees.