R&B Superstar Chris Brown is in the middle of a legal battle after he allegedly bailed on a charity event. The event was meant to raise money for those negatively impacted by Hurricane Ida and Nicholas. During a press conference on July 13th, owner and Vice President of DML Real Estate Investor and Construction Lejuan Bailey says Brown canceled at the last minute. However, this came after Bailey paid for Brown’s performance fees, travel accommodations, and private plane requests totaling $1.1 million.
It’s reported that DML Real Estate Investors and Construction LLC has retained the Buzbee Law Firm. DML intends to pursue claims of fraud and breach of contract against the singer and CBE touring, LLC.
Buzbee Law Firm’s Statement:
“DML spent more than a million dollars and thousands of hours of effort to help those in the community ravaged by hurricanes,” Buzbee said. “It is a shame that Chris Brown thinks he can take the money from an organization simply trying to help the community and then thumb his nose at them. The Houston community won’t tolerate such conduct.”
To raise money to help residents across Texas and Louisiana, DML Real Estate put together the “One Night Only Benefit Concert”. This benefit was meant to help victims whose homes were destroyed but hurricane Ida and Nicholas. DML and other community leaders had a “contractual agreement” with Brown to perform at the Toyota Center in Houston. Other performers included Bryson Tiller and Monica.
The benefit concert was originally scheduled for November 2021. However, it would be rescheduled for March 19th due to the events from the Astroworld Festival Tragedy.
DML Real Estate Claims:
According to DML Real Estate, on the day of the concert Brown announced via Instagram that he would not perform. The venue was forced to close its door and cancel the sold-out show.
State Representative Ron Reynolds, philanthropist Sandra Massie Hines, and Houston City council member Dr. Carolyn Evans-Shabazz have pleaded for Chris Brown to “to do the right thing” by returning DML’s money. Brown allegedly refused to return the money. Instead, is performing at an unrelated event at the Toyota Center on August 17th.
Finally, it’s expected that the case will be filed in the New York City Civil Court in Manhattan on July 25th. Bailey added, “I acted in good faith and sponsored this concert out of love and respect for residents in need. I am appalled that Chris Brown refuses to refund my money for a show he did not appear to. Even after we announced our show and sold tickets.”