George Floyd‘s family has announced that they plan to sue Kanye “Ye” West for $250 million after the 45-year-old rapper made head-turning comments about Floyd’s murder on a recent episode of Revolt. TVs Drink Champs podcast. In a press release obtained by Hollywood Life, Roxie Washingtonthe mother of George Floyd’s minor daughter Gianna, confirmed she has hired two law firms, the Witherspoon Law Group and Dixon and Dixon Attorneys at Law, to file the case on Gianna’s behalf. The release said they plan to file a lawsuit against Kanye and his “business partners and associates” for “harassment, defamation and infliction of emotional distress.”
“In his recent appearance on the popular podcast Drink Champs, Kanye West knowingly made blatantly false statements about George Floyd’s death in order to promote his brands, and increase marketing value and revenue for himself, his business partners and associates,” the press release continued. “During the podcast interview, Kanye West stated malicious falsehoods about George Floyd to capitalize on Mr. Floyd’s horrific death and his family’s trauma.” Later, it noted that Gianna’s well-being was the “priority” and claimed that she had been “retraumatized” by Kanye’s statements, which “created an unsafe and unhealthy environment for her.”
In the cease and desist, which was also obtained by Hollywood LifeGianna’s lawyers demanded that he “immediately cease and desist, and the Drink Champs interview and all similar statements about George Floyd from every podcast, website, advertisement, social media site, regardless of platform or medium.” They also demanded that he refrain from speaking about George Floyd in any further way.
During the podcast the Donda rapper declared that George Floyd in 2020 in Minneapolis, Minn. died of a fentanyl overdose, instead of a lethal amount of force by the former police offer Derek Chauvin, who knelt on George’s neck after being handcuffed on suspicion of trying to use a counterfeit $20 bill. An autopsy found that there was a non-lethal amount of fentanyl in George when he died, and his death was ruled a homicide. Derek was found guilty of two counts of murder and one count of manslaughter in April 2021. The whole ordeal sparked a strong resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement.
The press release noted that the controversial Drink Champs episode had already been collected, and a representative for the podcast told The Hollywood Reporter that the podcast does not want to “promote false narratives” in a statement. “Drink Champs prides itself on its ability to allow a free flow of ideas within the hip hop community. That said, unfortunately the recent interview with Kanye West contained false and hurtful information regarding the circumstances surrounding the murder of George Floyd,” the statement began. “Integrity is very important and we do not want to promote false narratives on our platform. Our aim is to celebrate the culture. Therefore, we had no choice but to remove the episode from distribution. We apologize to the family of Mr. Floyd and anyone else hurt by this episode.”