Drake Reportedly Tells Judge Not To Include His Net Worth In Upcoming Trial
Drake has reportedly submitted documents to a judge requesting certain evidence be banned from an upcoming trial between himself, a music publishing company called Hebrew Hustle, and the estate of jazz musician Jimmy Smith.
It was gathered that in 2014, Drake was sued by Hebrew Hustle and Smith’s estate for allegedly sampling a Smith song on the track “Pound Cake/Paris Morton Music 2” from Nothing Was The Same.
Drake denied the allegations and filed a counter-suit against Hebrew Hustle, accusing the company of using his face and name on their website to make it seem like he worked with them.
As the trial is set to begin later this year, Drake is reported to have asked the judge to ban any talk about his finances in the case.
The Blast reports that Drake has asked the judge to ban certain evidence and testimonies from being presented to the jury in his upcoming trial.
In the recently filed court documents (November 9), the rapper said he doesn’t want any evidence of his “financial condition or comparative wealth” to be brought up in front of the jury.
He believes that the information would create an unfair bias against him.
The news outlet adds:
Drake fears Hebrew Hustle will try to turn the jury against him by questioning him about his wealth on the stand. Drake claims any talk about how rich he is compared to that of Hebrew Hustle would have nothing to do with the issues at hand.
He says the only purpose of talking about it would be to bias the jury against him and to create unjustified sympathy for them.
Hebrew Hustle filed court docs seeking to ban expert testimony Drake planned on presenting regarding the value of his name and image.
The expert determined the use of Drake’s name on the website was valued at $1 million. He reached that decision based on comparable celebrities, including the Kardashians being paid $1 million to appear at a club, Alicia Keys’ $3 million deal with Gunthy-Renkers, Gwyneth Paltrow making $3 million on a makeup deal, and a Lebron James sponsored tweet going for $140,000.
A judge has yet to rule on the motions.