Yo Gotti ordered to pay $6.6 million to North Carolina man following lawsuit judgment against him.
The Memphis rapper allegedly collected funds for a collaboration back in 2016 and things got interesting. Instead of releasing the verse he recorded for the song, Yo Gotti allegedly went behind the talent managers back to lure away the artist and released a similar song of his own.
A written order from Judge Todd Burke, published by the Winston-Salem Journal found Yo Gotti, legal named Mario Mims participated in “unfair and deceptive trade practices”
The plaintiff in the case, Michael Terry, allegedly paid Yo Gotti $20,000 for the verse, aiming to feature him on a song by Young Fletcher. After reviewing the information, Judge Burke decided Terry faced $2.2 million in losses and multiplied the amount by three, citing the unfair and deceptive practices.
With the feature, Terry hoped to break his artist into the mainstream. His plans included the verse as well as promotional events and, releasing the song on popular streaming platforms. The Winston-Salem Journal reports according to affidavits, Yo Gotti failed to show at an event and failed to sign agreements. Young Fletcher even claims Yo Gotti contacted him outside of Terry and offered him $150,000 to break away and join his own label.
The affidavits continue to describe how Yo Gotti allegedly recorded a song with the same verse he recorded for Young Fletcher’s song, eliminating any chance of Young Fletcher’s song taking him to national fame.
Yo Gotti and team did not appear at the court hearing and has not responded to the lawsuit. Earlier this month, Yo Gotti found himself facing bullets. His tour bus took multiple bullets in Nashville, Tenn.