Rick Ross' Manager Claims Rapper Owes $1 Million, Feared For His Life Due To Threats
Philadelphia based Respect Management, owned by attorney Kevon Glickman, filed the lawsuit yesterday (Apr. 10) in the United States District Court of Pennsylvania.
The lawsuit claims that Ross, born William Roberts, breached the three-year management agreement that he signed in 2004 by attempting to divert commissions due to Respect Management to has co-manager, Elric "E-Class" Prince.
According to the lawsuit, Ross signed with Respect Management in 2004.
Soon afterwards, Ross landed a major label deal with Def Jam, which released the six-foot four, 300 pound rapper's debut Port of Miami.
The album moved over 800,000 copies based on the hit singles "Hustlin'" and "Push it to the Limit."
Glickman claims that while Ross was his client, Ross' earnings went from $5,000 to more than $1 million in the three year span, yet Ross failed to compensate Respect Management for its management services, in excess of $1 million dollars.
The lawsuit claims that through the use of "physical" and "mental" intimidation, "Roberts has demanded that management commissions due on his record and publishing contracts be paid by Def Jam and Sony to Elric "E-Class" Prince rather than to Respect as required by the agreement."
In addition to acting as Ross' C-manager, Elric "E-Class" Prince is also the head of Miami based record label Poe Boy Entertainment.
According to Glickman, he was threatened in a "series of phone calls, meetings, emails, text messages and other methods" in such a manner that he "would be subjected to severe and bodily harm and/or loss of his life if he did not consent to their demands."
"The coercion by Roberts and Prince consisted of explicit and implicit threats and intimidation of Glickman by indicating that they were from the streets of Miami, knew how to handle themselves and had known and associated with persons engaged in criminal conduct in the Gang life of Miami and other cities," Glickman's complaint reads.
The lawsuit also claims that Ross continues to perform and earn a substantial amount of income and has failed to compensate Respect Management the 20% of gross earnings called for in the contract.
Additionally, Respect Management is seeking an injunction to prevent Ross from receiving several advances from Slip-N-Slide Records, Def Jam and Sony Publishing.