French Montana has seen a lawsuit filed against him following a shoot-out that occurred while he was present and “on business.”The HipHop Star was sued on March 20 for negligence related to the shooting on January 5 in Miami Gardens, Florida, when he was filming a music video.
The event left at least eleven individuals injured. In addition, Carl Leon, a witness during the filming, has filed a lawsuit alleging that French Montana failed to maintain enough security, a police detail, or general safe operating procedures.
In his action, Leon claimed that he had “suffered serious bodily injury and damages much beyond this court’s jurisdictional limitations.” Coke Boys Records, the Licking restaurant where the shooting took place, and property owner Gayles Plaza are all included in the case. Leon is asking for a jury trial and damages of more than $50,000.
When contacted by journalists, Leon’s attorney, Josiah D. Graham, declined to comment. A French Montana representative conveyed the following:
Carl Leon was never invited to the restaurant at the night of the incident. His interest in litigation is solely to exploit and benefit financially from it, and his re-imagining of his invitation and current statements are simply an egregious profit play and publicity stunt. Beyond rejecting Mr. Leon and his counsel’s claims, we implore them to take a good, long look in the mirror and ask whether their loved ones would respect them for trying to make a buck by blatantly lying.
When the shooting was revealed, the Licking’s owners issued a press release distancing themselves from the filming that read,
“We were not aware of a video being filmed and found out last [minute] French Montana was shooting a scene in the back parking lot. We have no idea what took place. The Licking restaurant has nothing to do with the incident and has given police the necessary footage requested.”