You can chalk up at least one legal victory to the hip-hop world. Sixteen months after rappers Trick Daddy and Trina were ordered to pay a college concert promoter $146,500 in damages over a breach-of-contract dispute, an appeals court has granted the hip-hop pair a new trial.
According to court documents, the Kentucky Court of Appeals abandoned the opinion of a lower circuit court that awarded money for lost ticket sales to Timothy Thomas, a former Western Kentucky University student and promoter who had claimed Trick Daddy and Trina skipped out on a homecoming concert he was organizing in October 2000.
Thomas booked the rappers for the concert, picked them up at the airport and checked them into a local hotel in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The rappers claim they failed to make it to the actual concert because they weren’t paid the remaining $10,000 balance of their $20,000 performance fee. Thomas claims they weren’t paid because neither artist arrived at soundcheck to pick up the money. Thomas also claimed that Trick Daddy and his entourage had been using drugs that might have impaired their judgment.
In ordering a new trial, the three-person Court of Appeals agreed with the rappers’ argument that any testimony about alleged drug use by Trick Daddy or Trina was prejudicial, and that the original trial judge made numerous procedural and instructional errors.
A spokesperson with the Court of Appeals said Thomas has 30 days to file for a discretionary review of the most recent opinion by the State Supreme Court. If he does not, a new trial with the circuit courts will be scheduled thereafter.