Canadian singer, Drake, has requested a judge to not allow for a disclosure of his net worth during an upcoming trial. According to reports by The Blast, Young Money Entertainment superstar is asking the judge to ban any evidence of his immense wealth from being discussed during the proceedings.
The trial is the result of a 2014 case involving the estate of jazz musician Jimmy Smith and the Hebrew Hustle imprint who sued the platinum-selling artiste for allegedly using a sample of Smith’s on his track, ‘Pound Cake/Paris Morton Music 2.’
Judge William H. Pauley III of the U.S. District Court in June 2011, declared that Drake legally sampled the 1982 spoken-word recording, “Jimmy Smith Rap,” under fair use doctrine and therefore did not commit any copyright infringement.
After his triumph, Drake filed a counter-suit against his accusers, saying the company allegedly used his face and name on its website to make it appear they’d worked together before. He alleges that action damaged his brand so he sued for unspecified damages.
On the November court documents filed by the rapper, he says that any evidence of his “financial condition or comparative wealth” or talk about his wealth in court would unfairly prejudice the jury.
Hebrew Hustle also filed court documents seeking to ban the expert testimony Drake planned on presenting with regards to the value of his name and image which the expert put at a value of $1 million.
A judge has yet to rule on the motion filed by either party.
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