The widow of the African American murdered in 2020 maintains that the “false statements” about his death that he made the rapper in a recent interview only seek to “benefit from his family’s trauma”.
The family of George Floyd, killed during a police arrest in May 2020, will file a lawsuit for 250 million dollars against the American rapper Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, for his “blatantly false statements” about the death of his relative, reports The Variety.
After the famous rapper assured in an interview granted to the Drink Champs podcast that his death was caused by an overdose of fentanyl and not by an excessive police force, the lawyers of The law firms Witherspoon Law Group and Dixon and Dixon Attorneys at Law released a statement confirming that they are working on the lawsuit and have already sent a ‘cease and desist’ letter to West.
“Roxie Washington, acting on behalf of her minor daughter, the sole beneficiary of George Floyd’s estate, has hired us exclusively to file a lawsuit against Ye West, also known as Kanye West, his business partners and associates, for harassment, misappropriation, defamation, and infliction of emotional distress, for which we request 250 million dollars in damages,” reads the statement.
The rapper is accused of having made “knowingly blatantly false statements regarding the death” of Floyd, in order to “promote their brands and increase their marketing value and revenues” as well as those of “their business partners and associates,” and thereby ” benefit from the horrible death of Floyd and the trauma of his family”.
“The girl’s interests come first. George Floyd’s daughter is being re-traumatized by Kanye West’s comments, which is creating an unsafe and unhealthy environment for her,” said attorney Nuru Witherspoon, partner at The Witherspoon Law Group.
Floyd was murdered by former officer Derek Chauvin, later convicted of two counts of murder, after being arrested on suspicion of using a 20 fake dollars The murder sparked a wave of nationwide protests against police brutality in the US
Although a forensic analysis confirmed “fentanyl intoxication and recent methamphetamine use” by the victim, Floyd died as a result of “cardiopulmonary arrest” while being restrained by an officer who restrained him and applied “compression to the neck”.