Family of George Floyd Considers Legal Action Over Kanye West Comments: Kanye West claimed that George Floyd, 46, died from drug misuse, and the rapper’s claim prompted the family of George Floyd to say that they are considering legal action against him.
In May 2020, Floyd’s murderer, Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, was found guilty. He lay on Floyd’s neck for around nine minutes as the unarmed Black guy in handcuffs cried out, “I can’t breathe,” as he lay face down on the pavement. West (who has legally changed his name to Ye) made the claims during an appearance on the Drink Champs podcast on Saturday.
He was talking about a new film by conservative commentator Candace Owens called The Greatest Lie Ever Sold: George Floyd and the Rise of BLM [Black Lives Matter], who frequently stood by West’s side during his recent string of antisemitic and racist remarks.
On behalf of Floyd’s family, civil rights attorney Lee Merritt responded to West’s assertions. On October 16, he tweeted, “While one cannot slander the dead, the family of #GeorgeFloyd is considering legal action for Kanye’s inaccurate remarks about the method of his death.”
“The fight of the Floyd family is undermined and diminished by claims that Floyd died from fentanyl rather than the cruelty proved in criminal and civil proceedings.”
According to Dr. Andrew Baker, chief medical examiner for Hennepin county, Floyd died as a consequence of “cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement subdual, restraint, and neck compression.” Floyd had some fentanyl in his bloodstream, but not enough to be considered lethal.
“I can state with a high degree of medical certainty that George Floyd did not die from a primary cardiac event, and he did not die from a drug overdose,” cardiologist Dr. Jonathan Rich said in court during Chauvin’s trial.
Musicians and religious leaders have strongly denounced West’s remarks. In other parts of the interview, West persisted in his anti-Semitic remarks and claimed that the owners of the Los Angeles SoFi stadium had canceled four of his concerts after he tweeted that he would be “going death con 3 On JEWISH PEOPLE” on October 9.
The tweet was taken down by Twitter because it broke the terms of service. West was subsequently invited to visit the Los Angeles Holocaust Museum in order to “learn how words may provoke horrendous murder and genocide.” I want you to go to Planned Parenthood; that’s our Holocaust memorial, West said in the podcast.
In reference to his recent appearance on HBO’s The Shop, which was not broadcast due to his use of what host Maverick Carter described as “hate speech and extremely dangerous stereotypes,” West asked the podcast hosts whether they would be able to run the interview after making his comments about Floyd.
In response to West’s dissemination of racist conspiracy theories, portions of an interview with Fox News host Tucker Carlson were also canceled. West sported a hat with the number “2024” printed on it, possibly indicating his plan to run for president again after his unsuccessful campaign in 2020, in which he featured on only 12 state ballots and garnered less than 60,000 votes. According to reports, the campaign broke the fundraising laws.
George Floyd’s family is considering a lawsuit against Kanye West for his comments about Floyd’s death, according to their attorney.
Kanye went on Drink Champs to say that Floyd’s death was a result of fentanyl and that the cop’s knee “wasn’t even on his neck like that.” pic.twitter.com/J5hiDefglM
— Pop Base (@PopBase) October 16, 2022
Since West tweeted, “I adore the way Candace Owens thinks,” sometime in 2018, the two have been linked. She gained notoriety as a Black author and commentator for her criticism of Black Lives Matter and her backing of Trump. At Paris Fashion Week, the duo recently unveiled a “White Lives Matter” shirt.