Snoop Dogg sued by Middle East promoter | Music News

A Lebanese businessman who promoted a Snoop Dogg performance in the Middle East is suing the rapper for money he claims to be owed and for damage to his reputation stemming from video shot during an appearance Snoop made at a Beirut bar, Courthouse News reports.

According to the complaint, Roger Kalaouz and Associates claims Snoop owes them for “out-of-pocket expenses in excess of $800,000 directly related to promoting and arranging the concert” at the Forum in Beirut, Lebanon, on August 20, 2009.

The complaint continues with claims that images of the rapper “conspicuously smoking what he promoted as marijuana” captured during an appearance at Beirut’s Sky Bar have “severely damaged” the company’s “longstanding reputation as one of Lebanon’s premier entertainment promoters.” The video in question was apparently used to both promote and as footage in the video for Snoop’s single “That’s Tha Homie,” which the complaint claims was a breach of contract.

This portion of the complaint reads:

“In accordance with the agreement, Snoop made a personal appearance at a club in Beirut called the Sky Bar following the concert at the Forum. … The filming of this appearance for anything other than Snoop’s personal use at the Sky Bar was a breach of the agreement (paragraph 7). The video of this appearance was then broadcast worldwide via the Internet, showing clear images of Snoop Dogg smoking marijuana, an activity which is illegal in Lebanon. Defendants published the wrongfully recorded video to promote a new song recorded by Snoop. In fact, plaintiff is informed and believes that the music video of that new release, entitled ‘That’s The Homie’ includes the footage that was videotaped at the Sky Bar.”

Kalaouz claims his company has faced “scrutiny and accusations due to the actions of Snoop Dogg and [Doggy Style Music] directly arising from activities to which RKA was not a party.” He also claims Snoop’s camp refused to pay for consulting services related to a concert in Abu Dhabi.

He is seeking damages for breach of contract, fraud, concealment, conspiracy and false promise, unfair competition, and intentional interference with prospective economic advantage.

Watch: Snoop Dogg – “That’s Tha Homie”

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