We gon' be alright? Maybe, maybe not. For one Dallas music fan it's probably the latter, because Whitney Larkins is suing Dave Free, Kendrick Lamar’s manager and president of Top Dawg Entertainment, for $1 million. As TMZ reported Tuesday, the lawsuit alleges that Free tried to scam her out of $10,000 at Lamar's South Side Ballroom show back in October and then didn't allow her in the venue at all.
Larkins says that she paid $350 for a meet-and-greet ticket with Lamar on his Kunta's Groove Sessions performance on October 29. The instructions on the ticket said she would get more details one week prior to the concert, according to the lawsuit. When she didn’t hear anything, she reached out via email and requested to chat with Lamar for three minutes, in addition to her meet-and-greet. Free responded that she could do that — for the small price of $10,000 cash.
Emails were sent back and forth, and ultimately, Free banned Larkins from meeting Lamar and from the show in general. Now, Larkins wants $1 million for Free’s “extortion, skullduggery, deceptive business practices, underhanded dealings and other illegal, unethical, unconscionable and immoral activity,” according to the lawsuit.
The lawsuit goes on to state that Larkins apparently harbors no ill will toward Lamar himself, whom she views in the same company as Tupac.
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“As a direct and proximate result of Defendant's illegal, immoral, unethical, shady and downright DIRTY dealings, the Plaintiff in the above-styled action has been subjected to substantial pain and suffering, emotional distress, humiliation, immense disappointment and heartache since she loves Kendrick Lamar and recognizes him as having a rare talent in the hip-hop game which is on par with music icon/revolutionary Tupac A. Shakur. The Defendant is the reason why the Plaintiff was unable to meet Kendrick Lamar whom she holds in the highest regard due to his talent and genuine love for common people.”
Larkins declined to comment when contacted for this article. A request for comment from Free has so far gone unanswered.
Take a look at the PDF of the lawsuit below: