Kanye West spends a great deal of time dropping the Mercedes-Benz brand name into his songs (check out verses from "Gold Digger," "All Falls Down" and "The New Workout Plan"). Perhaps that's because it's cheaper than leasing a real-life Benzo.
According to a lawsuit filed Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court, West hasn't been making payments on his lease for a 2003 Mercedes-Benz G500. And now the company that owns the title to that car is looking for damages and trying to get its Benz back.
In the suit, DaimlerChrysler Financial Services, a Delaware-based trust company, is suing West and his KonMan Entertainment for more than $53,000, alleging that they failed to make monthly payments on a G500 they leased from New Jersey's Prestige Motors in September 2002.
The suit also alleges that West personally guaranteed the lease's payment, which was $1,295 a month for 39 months.
"In order to extend credit to KonMan, West ... executed and delivered to [DCFS] a written guaranty ... to unconditionally and promptly pay any and all indebtedness," the suit read. "Due to KonMan's default in the surrender and payments, [DCFS] has elected to accelerate all amounts owed and declare the entire unpaid balance ... immediately due and payable."
When the lease expired in January of this year, according to the suit, West and KonMan refused to return the vehicle, which was valued at more than $75,000 in 2002.
"The vehicle is in the control of [West and KonMan]. ... Before the commencement of this action, [DCFS] demanded each of them to return the vehicle. Nevertheless, they refused to return said vehicle and still unjustly detain it," the suit read. "[DCFS] is entitled to immediate possession of the vehicle."
Though DCFS is based in Delaware and KonMan has offices in New York, the lawsuit alleges that the vehicle is currently in Sherman Oaks, California, which is why the case will be heard in a Los Angeles court.
In addition to the total amount of the unpaid lease, DCFS is seeking punitive damages from West and KonMan.
Calls to Kanye West's label, Def Jam, were not returned. And Rebecca Caley, the attorney representing DCFS, was in court and unavailable for comment on the lawsuit.