Lil Wayne loses documentary lawsuit over foolish deposition
By CMU Editorial | Published on Wednesday 7 November 2012
Lil Wayne is facing a bill of over $2 million, according to reports, after losing a legal battle with Quincy Jones III, son of the legendary producer, who fell out with good old Weezy over a documentary that followed the rapper as he recorded his 2008 album ‘Tha Carter III’.
Wayne sued Jones on the grounds that he used the rapper’s music in his documentary without permission, while claiming that the defendant had produced a “scandalous portrayal” of the rapper’s work. Jones, for his part, countersued, claiming that the rapper’s efforts to block the distribution of his film had a negative impact on profits.
Whatever the rights and wrongs of the dispute, Wayne pretty much lost the case because of his conduct during the litigation. Seemingly unable to attend court in person because of a “medical emergency”, Wayne gave his side of the story via a pre-recorded deposition.
But the judge became angered by the rapper’s tone and attitude in the video, claiming that Wayne seemed to consider the case a joke. And, as a result of “unreasonable conduct in the deposition” and “irresponsible behaviour”, the judge threw out Wayne’s case and ruled in Jones’s favour on the countersuit.
Which makes that deposition tape an expensive mistake, with Wayne subsequently ordered to pay Jones $2.2 million in damages.