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Plies' $50,000 lawsuit heads to Hillsborough County



raps about having "plenty money," and he just might need it.

The Fort Myers native, a.k.a. Algernod Lanier Washington, has been sued by a Dallas promoter for alleged breach of contract. Millenium Souf Entertainment claims the rapper accepted a partial up-front payment for a 2008 concert, then failed to show up. Last summer in Dallas, the company sued Plies for $50,000 plus $2,000 in lawyer fees.

The company won the lawsuit, although Plies and his attorneys did not attend the hearing. Since then, Plies has been ignoring court's order to pay up, said the plaintiff's attorney, Darian Howard. According to Howard, Plies was served with court papers as he exited a Dallas radio station.

"He bailed out at the last minute, and now we’ve got a judgment against him here in Texas, and we’re enforcing it in Florida," said Howard, of Dallas.

On Feb. 9, Howard filed a petition to transfer the $52,000 judgment from a Dallas court to Hillsborough County "where it has an effect," Howard said. Plies lives in Tampa.

The rapper's lawyer tells a different story.

“It’s a bogus complaint," said attorney Bart Valdes, of Tampa. "The allegation is that some person who is not (Plies') agent or manager allegedly booked him for some party. There was no contract, no agreement.”

According to Valdes, Plies never accepted any payment, was never directly served with papers and didn't realize he had been sued until another of his lawyers received papers stating Plies owed the money. It's not unusual for a judge to rule in a law suit when only one party appears in court, Valdes said.

Valdes plans to file papers in Hillsborough County to contest the validity of the judgment. A hearing will follow.

Last year, the rapper was a no-show at a Super Bowl party baring his name.

-- Dalia Colon, tbt*. Photo: Luis Santana.

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 3:17pm]


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