Remember when a man was suing Drake for an alleged 2016 assault after a Philadelphia nightclub performance?
Earlier this month, an attorney for the plaintiff, Damian Powell, filed a motion for court sanctions against the rapper for allegedly deleting Powell’s Facebook and Instagram pages following the filing of the lawsuit.
Powell alleged that during Drake’s performance at Aria nightclub in October 2016, he and his friends were assaulted and forcibly removed from the venue. The suit alleges that he suffered injuries to his head, and blames Drake and his security for the damages he sustained.
On Friday, Powell’s attorney released a statement regarding a hearing scheduled for Oct. 4, which will decide the amount of the sanctions.
“On behalf of Mr. Powell, we plan to present testimony from witnesses who will attest to Mr. Powell’s experience at the hands of Drake and his unruly security detail,” attorney Edmund Baker said in the statement. “Not to mention, the video, which reveals Drake’s unlawful and ill-considered conduct and assault against his fans.”
This is the first time this type of litigation has happened, due to a federal judge’s decision to appoint an independent party to provide fact-finding in the case.
Meanwhile, Drake’s lawyer, Kevin Pap of Winston & Strawn, says that Drake has not been served with Powell’s lawsuit yet, so he wants the claims to be dismissed. The lawsuit was never served in the first place because Powell “blatantly posted the wrong social media accounts” used to send the alleged assaults.
He also said that Powell filed the lawsuit against Drake over fears his Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts would be shut down, and requested Drake immediately delete the evidence of the alleged assault.
“Not only did he defy his previous orders, but he even flouted his deadline to immediately remove the evidence by making the claims in the lawsuit on a weekend, after having registered registration for the lawsuit and the evidence,” Pap wrote in a statement on behalf of Drake. “It’s clear to me that Mr. Powell’s complaint is more about getting money than any legitimate claim.”
As part of the end-of-filing deadline, Pap asked for a $10,000 fine, as well as a hearing and legal fees. If the judge refuses to sanction, he will seek $98,000 in sanctions and another hearing, totaling more than $86,000, “with damages for Mr. Powell.”