Kanye West: Lawyers for George Floyd’s daughter draft cease-and-desist letter to artist
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Lawyers representing Roxie Washington, the mom of George Floyd’s daughter, have drafted a cease-and-desist letter to Ye, previously often known as Kanye West, over feedback he made claiming Floyd was killed by a fentanyl overdose.
On the podcast “Drink Champs,” West claimed George Floyd was killed by a fentanyl overdose, regardless of a health worker’s testimony that fentanyl not the direct reason behind Floyd’s dying, solely a contributing issue when he died after being knelt on by a police officer.
Attorneys at Witherspoon Law Group informed USA Prime Time the feedback had been particularly damaging to Gianna Floyd, George Floyd’s daughter.
“She’s a little bit woman that’s been traumatized and is being re-traumatized by Kanye West,” legal professional Kay Harper Williams stated of George Floyd’s daughter. It’s “intentional infliction of emotional misery,” she added.
When USA Prime Time sat with then-6-year-old Gianna Floyd in June 2020 she didn’t say a phrase through the interview.
The attorneys have indicated they intend to additionally file a lawsuit “for harassment, misappropriation, defamation, and infliction of emotional misery.”
USA Prime Time has reached out to a consultant of Ye for remark.
As of Tuesday, the episode of “Drink Champs” appeared to have been faraway from YouTube and Revolt TV. However, “it nonetheless exists, that doesn’t take away it from the universe,” stated Williams.
“Too little too late, the hurt has been executed to our consumer,” she added.
A cease-and-desist letter, offered to USA Prime Time, was addressed to an legal professional they believed was representing Ye, nonetheless, they informed USA Prime Time they had been knowledgeable this legal professional was not truly affiliated with Ye on this matter. They’re actively making an attempt to ensure it’s acquired, although they added there will probably be extra stress as soon as the lawsuit is formally filed.
Regarding a separate authorized effort being explored by legal professional Lee Merritt, who has represented the Floyd household on issues prior to now, Williams informed USA Prime Time the 2 authorized haven’t been coordinating efforts up so far.
Merritt informed USA Prime Time on Monday that Floyd’s brother contacted him to pursue a defamation swimsuit towards the star.
While that’s not legally potential as a result of George Floyd is deceased, Merritt stated, there are different authorized avenues to pursue, together with the Floyd household probably suing for intentional infliction of emotional misery.
“I’ve put collectively a working staff to research [Ye’s] statements and to research the supply of these statements,” Merritt stated.
USA Prime Time has reached out to Merritt for touch upon the cease-and-desist letter.
“George Floyd, identical to Gianna stated, modified the world so to have Kanye West come again and converse in a means that’s dangerous to that legacy,” Williams stated, “I’m offended as a human, as a black lady, as a mom.”
“Gianna is a toddler and she or he’s being harmed,” she added.
“There’s a very vital dialogue proper now across the nation about speech,” stated Witherspoon. “But on the finish of the day you can not say these items which can be false.”