Following Kanye West’s assertion that George Floyd was killed by fentanyl and not a Minnesota police officer, the rapper’s family is reportedly mulling legal action against him. During a guest appearance on the Drink Champs podcast, West remarked that “the guy’s knee wasn’t even on his neck.”
The rapper made the remarks while discussing Candace Owen’s film The Greatest Lie Ever Sold: George Floyd and the Rise of BLM. West said: “I watched the George Floyd documentary that Candace Owens put out. He added: “They hit him with the fentanyl. If you look, the guy’s knee wasn’t even on his neck like that.”
An altercation between Floyd, a Black man, and police in Minneapolis in May 2020 resulted in Floyd’s death. A nine-minute video of the incident shows Officer Derek Chauvin kneeing Floyd in the neck. Following West’s remarks, Floyd’s family’s civil rights attorney Lee Merritt suggested on Twitter that the family may now file a lawsuit against West.
“While one cannot defame the dead, the family of George Floyd is considering suit for Kanye’s false statements about the manner of his death,” he tweeted on Sunday. “Claiming Floyd died from fentanyl not the brutality established criminally and civilly undermines & diminishes the Floyd family’s fight.”