Hot 97 Wins Court Battle Against Landlord, Guests Allowed Back In The Building
State Supreme Court Judge Bernard Fried ruled in favor of Emmis' temporary restraining order against the union. In recent weeks, The New York City District Council of Carpenters, which owns the building that houses Hot 97, had introduced new restrictions, including conditions on guests at Hot sister stations Kiss FM and CD 101 and restraints on non on-air guests for Hot 97. The conditions also demanded for Hot 97 to provide a four-day notice for on-air guests and stipulated that the visiting artists weren't allowed to bring guests into the station. The new ruling now orders those restrictions to be removed.
The judge also granted Emmis' request to pay for a security guard outside of the building. A phone will also be installed for the guard to phone the New York Police Department if a crowd was to get problematic. The guard will be on duty an hour before the arrival of on-air guests.
"We are very pleased that we received the relief we asked for from the court," an Emmis spokesperson said in a statement. "We remain committed to working with the landlord to ensure a safe and secure environment for our employees, neighbors and guests, but we appreciate the courts recognition that this goal can be accomplished without the unreasonable restrictions imposed by the union that prevented us from doing business."
A preliminary injunction hearing is scheduled for May 19. The Carpenter's Union's restrictions were enforced shortly after a shooting took place in front of the Hudson Street building. Brooklyn rapper Gravy was shot in the buttocks outside of the station on his way to an interview on at the station on April 26. The rapper conducted an interview with Funkmaster Flex despite being shot. New details have revealed that Gravy was shot by a member of his entourage
Gravy's shooting, which was the third in five years involving rappers and their entourages in front on Hot 97's studios, sparked The New York City District Council of Carpenters, who owns the building, to file a lawsuit demanding the eviction of the infamous hip-hop radio station. The Carpenters Union lawsuit accused Hot 97 of promoting violence and putting tenants' lives at risk.Emmis fired back by countersuing with a breach-of-contract lawsuit.
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.