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Rapper Jay-Z Wins Cologne Lawsuit To Avoid $67M In Damages

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A Manhattan jury has cleared Jay-Z in a lawsuit that claimed he breached an endorsement deal for a “Gold Jay-Z” cologne brand by failing to properly promote it, allowing the superstar to avoid $67 million in requested damages.

At the end of a three-week trial over the soured product deal with Parlux Fragrances LLC, the jury heard arguments from Jay-Z’s attorney that asked “why on earth” the star would have put his name on a product that he wanted to fail.

Wednesday’s verdict awarded nothing to Parlux but also declined to award any money to Jay-Z, who had sought roughly $6 million in royalties he said he was still owed under the deal.

“You failed to prove your case, they failed to prove their case,” Justice Andrew Borrok said to an attorney for Parlux after the verdict was read aloud in court. “You’re excused.”

In a statement to Billboard following the jury’s verdict, Jay-Z said: “I’d like to express my gratitude to the jury, especially during these difficult times.”

Wednesday’s verdict came after nearly six years of litigation over “Gold Jay-Z,” which the superstar launched in 2013 through a partnership with Parlux, which had previously launched licensed fragrances with other major artists like Rihanna.

Parlux accused Jay-Z and his S. Carter Enterprises of failing to promote the fragrance, breaching the terms of their business contract and costing the company millions. The lawsuit said he refused to appear for events like Good Morning America and then refused to approve later iterations needed to keep the brand relevant.

Jay-Z denied the accusations, saying he fulfilled his obligations under the agreement despite numerous missteps from Parlux that threatened to damage his personal brand. He countersued, saying he was still owed millions in royalties.

A jury trial kicked off on Oct. 18, featuring two days of heated testimony from the star himself.

At the Closing arguments, Jay-Z lawyer Alex Spiro, of the firm Quinn Emmanuel, argued that the entire case was “misunderstanding” and that Parlux had actually breached the deal first by how it had conducted itself.

Meanwhile, Parlux attorney Anthony J. Viola, of the firm Mintz Levin, said Jay-Z had “thrown sand in the gears of what Parlux was trying to do” when they disagreed over how to promote the product. He also accused Jay-Z and his company of destroying evidence by deleting certain emails, and asked the jury to award a total of $67.6 million in damages.

Parlux is certain to appeal the verdict, first by asking the judge to overturn the verdict and then by taking the case to a state appeals court. The company could argue that the judge unfairly allowed certain evidence, or that jurors could not legally have reached their conclusion based on what they heard.

In a statement to Billboard, Parlux said that it “believes it presented a strong case and is disappointed that the jury rendered a verdict today finding that neither side proved breach by the other.” The company said it “plans to pursue all legal options available to it.”

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Jessica Opare Saforo Quits Citi FM After 17 Years

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Ghanaian broadcaster, Jessica Opare-Saforo, has quit Adabraka-based Citi FM and Citi TV.

KubiLive can confirm that Jessica’s relationship with the media company ended today, January 28, 2022.

Jessica, who has been with the station for the past 17 years, has hosted some of the station’s flagship programmes including ‘Brunch in the Citi’, ‘Sex in the Citi’, ‘Sister Sister’, ‘Upside Down’ and ‘Traffic Avenue’ (formerly ‘Citi Drive’) which is Citi FM’s late afternoon show.

Jessica, before quitting Citi FM and Citi TV was the Programmes Manager, the host of ‘Traffic Avenue’ on Citi FM, and the host of ‘Sister Sister’ on both radio and television

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“Whenever I’m Releasing Music They Try To Pull Some Real Bulls**t” : Chris Brown Reacts To Being Sued $20Million For Alleged Rape

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Chris Brown has reacted after he was sued for $20 million for alleged rape.

According to TMZ, the 32-year-old artist is accused of raping a woman in late 2020 outside Diddy’s Star Island home. The plaintiff, identified as Jane Doe, claims she was speaking to a friend via FaceTime when Brown grabbed the friend’s phone and told her to come to Miami immediately.

The lawsuit states the woman who describes herself as a model, choreographer, and musical artist arrived on the property on Dec. 20 and met Brown on a yacht parked at Diddy’s residence.

Shortly after she boarded the yacht, Brown allegedly asked her if she wanted a drink. The complaint states she accepted the offer and followed the singer into the yacht’s kitchen area, where she was handed a mixed drink.

Jane Doe says she and Brown began talking before she was given a refill; it was at that time, the woman claims to have experienced “a sudden, unexplained change in consciousness.”

The lawsuit alleges the woman became “disoriented, physically unstable, and started to fall in and out of sleep.” Brown then allegedly took her to a bedroom while she was “drugged” and wouldn’t let her leave. Jane Doe says Brown then removed her bathing suit bottom and began kissing her.

She claims the artist ignored her pleas to stop and proceeded to rape her.

According to the complaint, Brown then ejaculated inside the woman, stood up, and told her that he was “done.”

The woman is seeking $20 million damages over the emotional stress caused by the alleged attack.

Reacting on Instagram, the American R&B singer describe the claim as ” bulls**t” and went on to suggest that there is always an agenda brought up against him whenever he’s planning to drop new music or a project.

See his post below;

"Whenever I

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Side Chicks Are The Major Reasons A Lot Of Men Still Stay Married : Blessing Okoro

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Aside from the devil, side chicks have been tagged as the latest unapologetic creatures causing a nuisance to the institution of marriage.

These mistresses, usually young women, have a penchant for the husbands of other women and in the long run, end up ruining beautiful homes with their stinking habit to get rich quick.

A number of debates and proffered solutions to this canker have yielded no results, leaving married women in a dilemma about how to save their homes from such women who don’t stop in their tracks until they get what they want.

However, a popular Nigerian relationship coach has spoken to the importance of side chicks in a men’s life.

According to Blessing Okoro, side chicks are “one of the major reasons a lot of men still stay married.

She explained that side chicks are like spare tyres to cars. They act as a replacement when the main tyre is deflated until the owners fix the substantive tyres to keep the car going again.

Well, her elucidation is highly disputable because it does not solve the problems of married women but only gives more grease to the elbows of side chicks to reinforce their modus operandi.

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