Hot 97 Eviction In Motion, Station Responds: "We Will Win"
As previously reported, the New York City District Council of Carpenters revealed on Friday (April 28) that after the recent shooting of Brooklyn rapper Gravy, they "were concerned about the safety of the public and their tenants" and were taking necessary legal action to evict Hot 97 out of their Hudson Street building.
According to the New York Daily News, the lawsuit accuses the station of promoting violence. It cites three shootings, two bomb threats and more than a dozen other incidents involving celebrity guests coming to the station's offices since March 2000.
The suit also states an August 2005 complaint from Thomson Financial, which is another tenant in the building, saying that "many of its employees have felt threatened and intimidated as a result of past incidents involving guests and persons associated with the radio station."
The radio station, which has been relatively quiet, has responded to the lawsuit.
"There is no legal basis for eviction whatsoever," said a Hot 97 spokesperson via a statement. "If the Carpenters Union wants to spend money dragging this issue through the courts, then we have no choice but to fight them on it and we will win. Perhaps a better use of their time and their members' money would be to sit down with us and the NYPD and work out a security plan that will protect the people who work and live in and around the building."
Yesterday (May 1), The New York Police Department divulged it's plan to install a video camera this week, pointing directly at the Hudson Street building that houses Hot 97, as part of its $9 million plan to set up video surveillance throughout crime-infested spots in the city. The camera will be the first to go up in Manhattan. It will be on 24 hours, seven days a week. According to a police source, the camera will be kept in place "until Hot 97 is evicted or cleans up its act."
Hot 97 has been plagued with shooting incidents in the past few years. Back in 2001, a shooting took place in front of the station between the entourages of Lil' Kim and Capone-N-Noreaga. When questioned about the shooting, Kim later denied the presence of two of her associates, which eventually led to her perjury and conspiracy conviction. She's presently still serving a one year and a day sentence in the Philadelphia Detention Center.
Last year, another shooting took place when The Game and his comrades attempted to enter the station to confront 50 Cent. 50 had announced to listeners that Game was being kicked out of his crew G-Unit minutes earlier. The incident resulted in Game's friend, Kevin Reed aka P-nut being shot in the leg.
On a lighter note, the station recently announced the lineup for its annual Summer Jam concert. This year's event will take place on June 4th and will boast performances by artists including Busta Rhymes, T.I., Three 6 Mafia, Mary J. Blige, Young Jeezy, Mobb Deep, Remy Martin, Sean Paul, Dipset and Jamie Foxx, among others.