AFROMAN SUED ON 4/20
‘Because I Got High’ Singer Sued For Forgetting About A Concert Date
Rapper Afroman, best known for his songs about marijuana use, was sued today for failing to appear at a concert at The Patio at the Continent in Columbus, Ohio. The lawsuit, filed in the Franklin County Municipal Court, alleges that Afroman forgot to appear at an April 9, 2011 concert scheduled at The Patio.
“We set a date and signed a contract. I even sent the deposit to Afroman himself, right away. They must have just forgotten about our show,” said Nathan Pettry, a concert promoter working with The Patio.
Afroman is best known for his hit song “Because I Got High.” His records include Sell Your Dope, 4RO:20, Drunk N’ High, Waiting To Inhale, and Frobama: Head of State, among others. Afroman was nominated for a Grammy ® Award in 2002 for Best Rap Solo Performance.
The date April 20 is well known as a counter-culture holiday where cannabis users gather to consume marijuana. “The irony of the filing date of this lawsuit is not lost on me. I went to college,” said Matt Crumpton, one of the Plaintiffs’ attorneys. “Afroman’s representative and I have had discussions about this case and my clients and Afroman’s representatives do not agree about the facts. Since Afroman is not willing to settle, we decided that there was no reason to delay filing,” said Crumpton.
Pettry and Wallace Entertainment, LLC, the owner of The Patio, are seeking a yet to be determined amount to compensate them for a deposit paid to Afroman, as well as promotion expenses, lost profits, and the cost of ticket refunds. The Plaintiffs are represented by Ed Hastie, a restaurant and bar attorney, and Crumpton, a litigation and entertainment attorney.