Kanye West and his ex-wife Kim Kardashian are currently going through a divorce, but last week he got involved in much more severe litigation. The family of George Floyd, who passed away in 2020 after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for nine and a half minutes, has filed a $250 million lawsuit against the rapper.
The late security guard’s family has chosen to sue West for defamation and other claims after the celebrity made false assertions regarding Floyd’s death during a podcast interview. According to sources, political analyst Candace Owens and others may also be included in the lawsuit.
George Floyd's family is apparently suing @kanyewest for $250M over his reaction to @RealCandaceO's documentary, #GreatestLieEverSold . Here's what the film actually has to say about Fentanyl and Floyd's death: pic.twitter.com/2VAFF1Ttn5
— Jeremy Boreing (@JeremyDBoreing) October 18, 2022
Roxie Washington brought the action on behalf of Gianna Floyd, the late Floyd’s sole child and the daughter of her and George Floyd. Washington is suing Kanye West and his business partners for defamation, harassment, theft, and cause of emotional distress, according to a statement from her attorneys.
The legal team is currently evaluating several potential defendants in the case, according to TMZ. In addition to the aforementioned Candace Owens, legal action may also be taken against the Drink Champs podcast, Revolt TV, and the show’s host, on which West made the statements.
The Floyd family and many critics expressed their displeasure with the fashion mogul after his presence on the podcast last week. He asserted that Derek Chauvin, a convicted former police officer, “wasn’t even on his neck like that” while speaking about Floyd’s death. He also believed that Floyd’s death was brought on by fentanyl.
The “Jesus Walks” performer added during the conversation that Candace Owens’ latest film, The Greatest Lie Ever Sold, supported his beliefs. (Ye made an appearance at the film premiere and posed for pictures with Owens, who was also involved in the “White Lives Matter” shirt issue.)
Many people have criticized the movie for having an erroneous depiction of the events, which has made it divisive. According to rumors, Roxie Washington may be sizing up Owens in the outfit for this reason.
The interview was later taken off the internet by Revolt TV, but clips are still being shared on social media. The topic was discussed by Drink Champs co-host N.O.R.E. in an interview with The Breakfast Club. The media figure received criticism for not refuting the rapper’s claims, and in response, he gave his perspective while expressing regret:
I just want to be honest, I support freedom of speech. I support anybody not being censored. But I do not support anybody being hurt. I did not realize that the George Floyd statements [Ye made] on my show were so hurtful. … But I apologize to the George Floyd family, I apologize to anybody that was hurt by Kanye West’s comments.
Kanye West has recently been entangled in several controversies, this being just one of them. Following his criticism of Vogue editor Gabriella Karefa-Johnson earlier this month, West stirred some controversy surrounding fashion shows.
Candace Owens hanging out with Kanye West and defending his racism & antisemitism just so Kanye would buy her husband’s failing social media platform is the reboot of Oceans 11 that I didn’t know I wanted.
— W. Kamau Bell (@wkamaubell) October 17, 2022
He has not yet made an official response to the lawsuit filed by the Floyd family as of this writing. And it appears as if Roxie Washington will proceed in the manner she planned, barring any unexpected developments. It will be interesting to see whether she decides to add Candace Owens, Revolt TV, and other people.
Kanye West joined N.O.R.E. and DJ EFN on the Revolt TV show Drink Champs after a tumultuous few weeks of contentious t-shirts, Instagram rants, and lost business partnerships. Ye exploited the platform to promote the disproven conspiracy idea that George Floyd died of fentanyl intoxication, not cardiac arrest.
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