A Texas businesswoman hosted a news conference on July 13 with local politicians to announce plans to sue Grammy winner Chris Brown for breach of contract.
At the conference, LeJuan Bailey, owner and VP of DML Real Estate Investors and Construction, explained that her company booked the “White China” artist to perform at the “One Night Only Concert” at the Toyota Center in Houston on March 19.
However, despite accepting payment for the gig and failing to show, the artist refused to refund monies to the producers for the event, which was organized to raise money for people in Houston, southeast Texas, and parts of Louisiana whose homes were damaged due to Hurricane Ida and Hurricane Nicholas, Click 2 Houston reports.
In addition to Brown, Monica was also scheduled to perform.
The Toyota Center, the venue hosting the concert, posted on its website: “The event organizer has had to cancel Chris Brown’s Houston show with Monica and friends tonight (March 19th) at Toyota Center. All ticket purchasers who purchased tickets through ToyotaCenter.com or the venue’s Box Office will be issued a refund in the same manner in which the original ticket order was placed. Credit card purchases will automatically be refunded to the credit card used to make the original purchase. Please allow 30 business days for the refund to appear on your account.”
Bailey alleges she put out $1.1 million to cover his performance fees, accommodations, private plane, and more. The payment was sent to Brown, or his team, and the party acknowledged its receipt. Still, as the producers awaited his arrival for soundcheck — the day of the show — he canceled.
Now the entrepreneur says the artist’s actions have caused significant “financial hardships” and damages, impacting not only her company’s bottom line and ticket sales but also her sponsors.
To make matters worse, a commercial concert has been scheduled in the same area for later in the summer.
Reports alleged Brown has a net worth between $50 million and $60 million, mostly from his music and touring live. The concert that is slated for August is a stop on the “One of Them Ones” tour and is being produced by Rolling Loud. Brown is co-headlining the tour with Lil Baby.
To resolve her complaint, Bailey said she reached out to his team but to no avail.
During the press conference, where Texas state Rep. Ron Reynolds and Houston Councilmember Carolyn Evans-Shabazz were also present, she stated, “I acted in good faith and sponsored this concert out of love and respect for residents in need. I am appalled that Chris Brown refuses to refund my money for a show he did not appear to after we announced our show and sold tickets.”
“At this point, it is my humble belief that Chris Brown’s actions are parallel to pure theft,” Bailey continues.
“He has the unmitigated gall to take my money, stand up the residents of Houston, then return to the city to perform on August 17, 2022. My message to Chris Brown: We will not sit back and allow you to disrespect the victims of Hurricane Ida and Nicholas in need,” she stated.
No word if an actual lawsuit has been filed, but this would be the second major legal effort filed against the singer this year.
In March, a Jane Doe claimed, according to Billboard, that she was allegedly drugged and raped by Brown on a yacht on Dec. 30, 2021. She is suing him for $20 million in a civil suit. A representative for Brown says that the allegations are untrue and that they have in their possessions text messages that exonerate the celebrity.