Nas Threatened with Lawsuit by Concert Promoter He Bailed From Angola Kidnapping
By Lora Neng
WWW.STREETGANGS.COM STAFF WRITER
September 14, 2012
Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones, a.k.a. Nas, is being sued by a concert promoter seven months after paying ransom to rescue the man and his son from a kidnapping in Africa. Nas’ failure to show up for his slated New Year’s Eve performance in Angola set off the chain of events in the first place, and promoter Patrick Allocco now claims that even with the return of the performance fees, he and his traumatized son are far from recovered.
Nas repaid the $300,000 he was advanced to appear but exonerated himself from the obligation to show, stating to MTV that “the business wasn’t handled. There was nothing sent to me, and there were no flights [...] I didn’t even have a visa to get in the country.” Allocco, however, insists that the cancellation “financially ruined” his prospects.
“The fallout for us has been almost devastating,” Allocco told NJ.com. “We cannot climb out. We can’t get out of the situation we’re in.” He claims to still owe an agent $75,000 for lost profits and the cost of plane tickets out of Angola loaned by the U.S. government, openly anguished by Nas’ surge in sales from the media attention.
Allocco is planning to file a formal lawsuit within 30 days for breach of contract and damages.
Tags: Angola, concert promoter, kidnapping, NAS, Patrick Allocco, post-trauma