Nicki Minaj is pushing back against a lawsuit filed by a West Hollywood jeweler claiming she damaged borrowed jewelry and failed to pay a $26,000 invoice.
In legal documents filed Oct. 3 and recently obtained by Radar, the rapper urges a Los Angeles judge to dismiss the case, emphasizing that she bears no responsibility for any damage that may or may not have occurred to the custom jewelry.
Nicki Minaj’s Response
Minaj’s attorney filed the documents on her and stylist Brett Alan Nelson’s behalf, firmly denying the allegations and seeking the lawsuit’s dismissal.
Earlier reports detailed Roseark jewelry store’s claims that they loaned 66 jewelry pieces to Nelson for Minaj’s appearances in early April. The jewelry was alleged to be returned undamaged within a week, as per a signed contract with the stylist. However, the store claimed the jewelry was not returned on time, and upon return, two pieces had noticeable damage amounting to $26,239.50.
In her response, Minaj contested the allegations, stating that the items were returned within 30 days of the loan agreement, disputing any breach of contract. She emphasized that any damages, if indeed present, were caused by the jewelry store’s mishandling after it was returned. She also claims they were returned within 12 days, according to her response, which would mean she kept them past the week reportedly stipulated in the contract.
“Defendant denies, both generally and specifically, each and every allegation of the Complaint and deny that Plaintiff is entitled to any relief whatsoever,” the documents reportedly state.
“Plaintiff’s damages, if any, were caused by the primary negligence and/or acquiescence in the acts and omissions alleged in the Complaint by Plaintiff and/or its agents or others acting on Plaintiff’s behalf, including because Plaintiff now seeks to both keep the Jewelry and obtain money for the value of the Jewelry,” the documents continue.
Regarding the ordeal, Minaj’s attorney, Jordan Siev, said, “We have not been presented with any evidence that any of the jewelry at issue was damaged by Nicki,” HipHopDx reported.
He added: “This lawsuit appears to be nothing more than an ordinary insurance claim by the jeweler designed to generate publicity for itself and extract a payment to which it is not entitled. We will defend the lawsuit vigorously.”