American rapper, Nicki Minaj has been dragged to court over some alleged unpaid bills for custom jewellery. But her attorney says she’s not responsible, and claims the jeweller is just using the singer for publicity.
The rapper is being sued by a West Hollywood jeweller. Who claims they loaned out some bling to the rapper. A pretty standard transaction for celebrities.
The jeweller claims some of those pieces came back damaged, which is not standard.
According to a new lawsuit, obtained by TMZ, Nicki Minaj’s stylist Brett Alan Nelson signed a contract with Roseark jewellery store. With Roseark agreeing to loan Nicki jewellery for a public appearance.
Moreover, the store claims the contract called for Brett to return the bling within a week. And pay for any damages the jewellery might incur under his watch.
In the documents, Roseark claims Nicki’s stylist failed to return 66 pieces of jewellery by the agreed-upon deadline. Yet, when Brett finally forked over the bling, there was noticeable damage to a set of earrings and a leaf ring.
A source close to Nicki tells TMZ everything was returned on time as promised. But, it was only after items were in the jeweller’s possession for some time that the store complained about a missing stone.
The jewellery store says it sent invoices to Brett for the damage. Which it says totals $26,239.50 plus interest. Also, the folks at Roseark claim they haven’t gotten paid, despite their repeated attempts to collect.
So, Roseark is suing Nicki and her stylist for the money. Eventhough it appears Nikki never had any direct dealings with the jeweller.
Lawyer of Nicki Minaj reacts
In fact, Nicki Minaj’s attorney, Jordan Siev, tells TMZ “we have not been presented with any evidence that any of the jewellery at issue was damaged by Nicki. This lawsuit appears to be nothing more than an ordinary insurance claim by the jeweller designed to generate publicity for itself. And extract a payment to which it is not entitled. We will defend the lawsuit vigorously.”