HOUSTON – Nearly three weeks after a promoter accused him of intentionally skipping a concert in the city toward the end of last year, Atlanta rapper Young Jeezy issued a formal response.
Recent Houston federal court records show that Young Jeezy, whose real name is Jay Jenkins, filed an original answer to Darryl Austin’s breach of contract lawsuit on Feb. 25.
Austin claims that Young Jeezy failed to perform at the Arena Theatre on Dec. 9, 2016 despite agreeing to do so two months prior.
Young Jeezy’s 14-page response argues that the 39-year-old hip hop artist never consented to the show in question, and he received no funds. It further faults Austin for not exercising caution when attempting to secure the rapper’s services, asserting the former “adopted a dangerous and hazardous method or manner of doing business.”
Regarding Austin’s accusations that Young Jeezy made degrading comments about him after concertgoers were notified of the cancelation, the answer states: “Truth is a complete defense to any claim for defamation.”
Counterclaims and crossclaims from Young Jeezy contend that he has no affiliations with Sammy Mumphrey and YJ Productions and Concerts, the two other respondents in Austin’s suit. He hopes the Arena Theatre joins as a party plaintiff in his actions against Austin.
Ultimately, Young Jeezy seeks the dismissal of the case.
Attorney Nkechinyelumka Lucy Chukwurah of the N. Lucy Chukwurah Law Group, PC in Houston is representing Young Jeezy.
Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas Case No. 4:17-CV-0392