Megan Thee Stallion won a minor victory in court on Monday when a Texas judge granted a restraining order against her record label and its CEO, Carl Crawford, preventing him from blocking new music she plans to drop on Friday.
But Crawford is fighting back, and his 1501 Certified Entertainment wants an emergency court hearing on the matter.
According to TMZ, Crawford, 38, just filed a motion to dissolve the temporary restraining order. The label says she had no right to take them to court in the first place. He says he still has an ironclad contract in place that she signed. The judge must have been swayed by her heavenly body.
In a tearful video on her Instagram stories on Sunday, Megan complained the contract was one-sided and unfair when she signed it as a naive 20-year-old.
But Crawford hit back, telling Billboard magazine that Megan is a fraud and a liar. He said she was not the innocent 20-year-old signing her first record deal.
He insists she was 23 when she signed, which makes her 28 now, not 25 as she claims.
“You wasn’t 20, you were 23 years old. You was a grown up. You’re just a liar,” Crawford said.
According to the court docs, obtained by TMZ, Crawford (pictured with ex-fiancee Evelyn Lozada) says Megan’s contract is ironclad and he stipulates all disputes between her and the label must be handled in arbitration.
He also claims Megan is guilty of booking several gigs for $100,000 per gig without paying him his cut. And he is further annoyed that she plans to release new music on March 6 — a violation of her contract.
In court docs, 1501 Certified says she can’t drop new music without the label’s approval, it’s in her contract. Even if she wants out of the contract, it remains in place for now, and Crawford says he’s exercising his contractual right to control distribution of her music.
He’s demanding a hearing today in Harris County, Texas, so a judge can hear the label’s side of the story before the music comes out on Friday.
Isaac Hayes‘ son, Isaac Hayes III, doubts Megan has the clout to prevail in her battle against her record label.
Issac also took a subtle dig at Jay-Z, who has a reputation for riding an artist’s bandwagon when they’re hot and popping.