Following Kanye West’s recent remarks regarding George Floyd’s passing, the mother of Floyd’s daughter has sued the rapper for $250 million.
Floyd’s family sent West, also known as Ye, a cease-and-desist letter over his remarks regarding the man’s death in 2020 at the hands of Minneapolis police, which triggered a global movement against police brutality, according to a news release from Witherspoon Law Group and Dixon & Dixon Attorneys at Law.
West recently made contentious claims about Floyd’s passing on the Drink Champs podcast, claiming that Floyd died as a result of using fentanyl.
Hennepin County Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Andrew Baker said during his testimony that while Floyd’s heart disease and use of fentanyl were contributing factors to his death, they were not the direct cause.
Dr. Vik Bebarta, an emergency physician, toxicologist, and professor at the University of Colorado in Denver, claimed that Floyd passed away as a result of Officer Derek Chauvin’s 9 1/2 minutes of holding Floyd’s neck down while he yelled, “I can’t breathe,” in response to their requests for help. He also supported other professionals who had criticized the police for failing to roll Floyd onto his side as they had allegedly been instructed to do in order to allow him to breathe.
Lawyers said West made “false assertions concerning George Floyd’s death to promote his businesses, and generate marketing value and revenue for himself, his business partners, and colleagues” in a news release that discussed the complaint brought by Roxie Washington, the mother of Gianna Floyd.
The release also says that West stated “malicious falsehoods” about Floyd in order to profit from his death and the family’s trauma.
The full interview has since been removed from the Drink Champs YouTube and Revolt TV, but clips of the comments have continued to circulate on the internet and social media.
“The interests of the child are priority,” Attorney Nuru Witherspoon, partner at The Witherspoon Law Group, said. “George Floyd’s daughter is being traumatized by Kanye West’s comments and he’s creating an unsafe and unhealthy environment for her.”
The rapper was locked out of his Twitter account and restricted on Instagram amid backlash over antisemitic posts.
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