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Damon Dash blames director Harold "Hype" Williams for the untimely death of R&B singer Aaliyah.

Aaliyah Dana Haughton died at age 22 in a plane crash on Aug 25, 2001 in the Bahamas.

Dash, Aaliyah's boyfriend at the time, said she was supposed to be on another private jet sent by singer Lenny Kravitz - not the small plane that she went down on.

Dash said Hype Williams took the private jet, leaving Aaliyah to fly back home on a Cessna 402 twin-engine light aircraft.

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Dash said Aaliyah was anxious to get back home after filming a music video for her single "Rock the Boat." He said Aaliyah texted him with concerns about the small plane.

Williams reportedly overloaded the small aircraft with film equipment, lighting, and sound equipment. The equipment was over the plane's weight limit, and the plane crashed seconds after takeoff.

Aaliyah reportedly survived the crash but she later succumbed to her injuries. Seven others died in the crash including Aaliyah's make up artist and stylist.
 

 
In an interview with ET's Kevin Frazier, Dash said that he heard Kravitz "had offered her a jet, and then Hype took the jet. That's what really pissed me off about the whole situation."

Ironically, Aaliyah's body was flown back to the U.S. on the private jet she was supposed to fly home on.

When asked if he would ever talk to Hype Williams again, Dash responded "F**k him."

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Williams, 51, was the go-to music video director in the 1990s. He directed Kanye West's music videos for "Heartless", "All of the Lights" and "Gold Digger."

He also directed music videos for Busta Rhymes, TLC, Jamie Foxx, Pharrell, Missy Elliott, LL Cool J, Twista, and Beyonce, among others.

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Williams is credited with pioneering camera techniques that are still utilized in music videos today.

His work earned him the Billboard Music Video Award for Best Director of the Year (1996), the NAACP Image Award (1997), MTV Video Music Award (1998) and the BET Award for Best Director (2006) for Kanye West's "Gold Digger".

However, Williams' career took a hit after Aaliyah's death, when he was blacklisted by the music industry for several years.

Watch Dash's interview below.
 

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Missy Elliott was among the stars paying tribute to late singer Aaliyah on the 20th anniversary of her death on Wednesday, Aug. 25.

Aaliyah was just 22 years old when she and seven others died in a plane crash in the Bahamas on August 25, 2001. The small plane crashed just after takeoff from Marsh Harbour, Bahamas, where she had filmed the music video for her single "Rock the Boat."

Marking the anniversary, Missy, 50, wrote on Twitter:

"Babygirl All these years your IMPACT is still felt & your INFLUENCE is seen EVERYWHERE! So many are still CAPTIVATED by your SOUND & STYLE! It's BEAUTIFUL to see a new generation become fans of your ART & love YOUR HEART. We Love you & May your spirit live on 4EVER."

Missy worked with Aaliyah, alongside Timbaland, on her second album One in a Million, which was released in 1996.

Timbaland also paid tribute to Aaliyah on Wednesday, writing: "Me and @MissyElliott was and still!!!!!!!! Ahead Of our time. Rest easy baby girl."

One in a Million was made available to stream for the first time last Friday, Aug. 20, after Aaliyah's estate settled a longstanding dispute with her former label, Blackground Entertainment, which is run by her uncle, former R. Kelly manager Barry Hankerson.

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Music exec Damon Dash - who dated Aaliyah from 2000 until her death the following year - reflected on her legacy during an interview with Entertainment Tonight.

"I was reflecting (that) there hasn't been one day since she's passed, not one in the 20 years, that I haven't either heard her name, heard her record, or seen a picture of her. Every single day she's present in my life and I feel lucky for that."

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Aaliyah, right, is pictured with late rapper Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes who died at age 30 in a car crash on April 25, 2002 in Honduras.
 

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Ava Dash and Conor Kennedy are Instagram official. Ava Dash, rap mogul Damon Dash's daughter, confirmed her relationship with Conor on her Instagram page.

Ava, whose mother is fashion designer Rachel Roy, was rumored to be dating Robert Kennedy Jr's son last year.

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Ava, pictured with her parents in 2003, confirmed the rumors by sharing a photo of herself cuddling with 26-year-old Conor on a boat ramp in Southampton, NY. She captioned the image, "wonderland."

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The young model has walked runways for her mother, Rachel Roy; Ugg and The Teen Project.

Conor is best known for briefly dating pop singer Taylor Swift. He is the grandson of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and a great-nephew to former U.S. President John F. Kennedy.

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You may have heard about the video that leaked of Kanye West yelling at Chance The Rapper in a Wyoming studio while recording his upcoming DONDA album.

According to other bloggers, Kanye was upset about Chance's opinion about a song. The video went viral after it was posted to YouTube on Jan. 23.

The leaked video had a "YZY TV" watermark in a corner -- suggesting that it was part of a documentary about the making of the DONDA album, according to London's Daily Mail, which uploaded the video.

In the video, Kanye is seen in a room with a few men. He climbs over a piece of furniture while yelling, "Josh! Where's the bass?"

Later, he is seen whispering in Chance's ear, and in other scene, he goes off on Chance, telling him "Sit yo a** down and listen to the album or leave!"

Roc-A-Fella co-founder Damon Dash, who produced the documentary, shared his views about the confrontation between the two Chicago natives.

"You know my thing is just get rid of the people that are triggering, get them out of here and let's just have fun being creative. So, you know, Kanye is finishing his album."

Damon says, despite the blowup in the leaked video, the two artists remain good friends.

"Chance, honestly, because of what he was reading [about Kanye's mental issues], he came through just to check [on] Kanye. You know, again, Kanye deals with his [mental] issues at all times. They got into it, but they worked it out," he said.

"At the end of the day, Chance was there just to be a friend.”

Kanye moved to Wyoming in 2019 to get away from his estranged wife, Kim Kardashian, who seemed to be enjoying the gossip surrounding the video leak.

She shared a photo of herself covered in frosting, which she captioned, "Don't be messy."

No one knows if Kim was referring to her estranged husband yelling at Chance, or the fans who are commenting about the video leak.

Chance The Rapper first appeared on Kanye's 2016 hit "Ultralight Beam" off his critically acclaimed album The Life of Pablo.

Many say 2016 was the last year that Kanye released meaningful music.
 


 

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Damon Dash has filed a lawsuit against WE tv for allegedly breaking a promise not to let his son Damon "Boogie" Dash drink alcohol on reality series Growing Up Hip Hop.

According to TMZ, the music mogul filed papers claiming the network required 28-year-old Boogie to drink in order to boost TV ratings.

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Dash argues that WE tv's actions went directly against a verbal agreement they allegedly made with the record executive not to give Boogie anything to drink.

In court papers, the 48-year-old Roc-A-Fella co-founder claimed WE tv caused his family "emotional distress" by encouraging Boogie to get drunk.

Additionally, Dash alleges that WE tv owes him money. According to the music mogul, a court order is in place directing the network to make payments directly to his creditors. Dash owes millions to creditors including his baby mamas and his company, Poppington.

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The lawsuit is the latest in a string of legal woes for Dash, who was accused of sexual battery by hip-hop photographer Monique Bunn, who filed a $50 million lawsuit against the mogul and his fiancée Raquel Horn in December.

Dash is pictured above with (L-R) son Boogie, daughter Ava Dash, and Horn.

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How convenient. A second accuser has come forward just days after a celebrity photographer accused Damon Dash of sexual assault.

Dash was sued for $50 million by his business associate and celebrity photographer Monique Bunn.

Bunn accused Dash of sexually assaulting her in a bedroom in his California mansion in April 2019. Her attorney, Chris Brown, filed the lawsuit last week.

A second woman sent a notarized letter to the court identifying herself as T. Harper. She described an assault that allegedly took place in NJ over 20 years ago.

She said she met the 48-year-old music producer at a restaurant one night in New York while she was still a college student.

Harper and her friends crossed paths with Dash again in New York. Dash and his entourage invited the women back to his penthouse in New Jersey. She said a friend called her back to Dash's master bedroom where, she alleges, he was waiting for her wearing nothing but a bathrobe.

"As he got closer, he took his towel off and began to play with his penis. I told him I was not interested in having sex. The friend who called me back, was nowhere to be found."

Harper claims Dash grabbed her, threw her down on the bed and tried to remove her pants. She said Dash attempted to penetrate her but she clenched her vagina, tightened her legs and "continued to fight."

Harper claims Dash fondled her with his fingers. The attack ended when she kicked him in his groin and fled the room.

"For a split second, I thought about taking a champagne bottle and cracking him in the head with it," Harper wrote. "But then I thought, I would get arrested and no one would believe my story, so I didn't split his skull, but I wanted to hurt him the way he had hurt me."

Harper said "it took years of therapy to accept" that she did the right thing.

Dash is the latest Hollywood mogul to be brought down by the so-called #MeToo movement. Similar allegations brought down power players like Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby, Adam Venit, Bryan Singer and Brett Ratner.
 

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Damon Dash responded to a $50 million sex assault lawsuit filed against him by celebrity photographer Monique Bunn.

Bunn filed a federal lawsuit against Dash, his fiancee Raquel Horn, Damon Dash Studios and Poppington LLC last week.

According to the lawsuit filed by high-powered attorney Chris Brown and obtained by The Blast, Dash flew Bunn out to the West Coast to work on a project for his company in April, 2019.

After working on the project all day, Bunn bedded down for the night in Dash's home, Bunn claims Dash entered the bedroom, wearing nothing but a bathrobe, and drunkenly assaulted her. He reportedly stopped when she threatened to fight him.

Bunn is suing Dash for $50 million in damages as well as the return of her personal photography equipment and hard drives containing photos of Mary J. Blige, Sean "Diddy" Combs, Queen Latifah, MC Lyte, and others.

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Dash responded to the lawsuit by claiming Bunn tried to extort him after he caught her stealing $5,000 in electronics from him.

On Thursday, Dash posted a video in which he accuses Bunn of robbing him after he sent her to purchase 2 hard drives.

When Bunn returned, Dash learned, instead of purchasing the hard drives, Bunn purchased a $3,000 Apple iPad, a $1,000+ iPhone and other equipment totaling $5,000.

In the video Bunn claimed the electronics were necessary to scan video footage onto the hard drives.

Watch the video below.
 

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A celebrity photographer is suing Damon Dash, his fiancee Raquel Horn (pictured above) and his companies for $50 million over allegations of sexual battery.

Monique Bunn, who is well-known in the music industry as a celebrity photographer, filed a federal lawsuit against Dash, Horn, Damon Dash Studios and Poppington LLC.

According to the lawsuit filed by high-powered attorney Chris Brown and obtained by The Blast:

"In April 2019, Bunn was in contact with Dash and Horn. Dash wanted Bunn, an existing business associate, to meet with him and shoot new [photos] for Poppington and DDS."

Bunn was flown out to Los Angeles to meet with Dash and Horn. Upon arriving, she immediately began shooting the material under Dash's direction.

"At the conclusion of the evening Dash and others brought Bunn back to the Dash residence where Bunn was staying... She was told she would be sleeping in Dash's daughter's room, according to court documents.

Dash, 48, allegedly entered the bedroom, wearing only a robe and no underwear. He was reportedly intoxicated after "drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana all day."

Bunn claims she woke up due to "the unauthorized touching by Dash," and she was able to get Dash's hands off her breasts and buttocks. Dash asked Bunn "what are you doing?" Bunn responded and said, "I am sleeping" and "I will fight you" to Dash who then left the room.

The documents state Bunn was "angry and frustrated by Dash's offensive and unwanted touching." But she continued to stay "at the Dash residence and did not sleep that evening."

The following day, Bunn accused Dash of telling her he had a deal with WE tv to shoot a documentary-series based on the photographer's life.

"The reality of the situation is that Dash did not have a deal with WEtv associated with Bunn and only wanted to keep Bunn silent about the events of April 18, 2019."

Bunn is suing for $50 million in damages as well as the return of her personal photography equipment and hard drives. The hard drives contain photos of Mary J. Blige, Sean "Diddy" Combs, Queen Latifah, MC Lyte, MA$e, Quincy Jones, Teddy Riley, and others.

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Before Jay-Z lucked up with his future wife, Beyonce Knowles, he had a crush on another singer, Aaliyah, who was dating Damon Dash at the time.

Dash, who co-founded Roc-a-Fella Records with Jay-Z, says his former business partner "tried very hard" to get with Aaliyah, but she wasn't impressed with him.

Dash, now 48, dated Aaliyah for about a year until she died in a plane crash at age 22 in 2001.

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Jay-Z was the odd man out in this photo dated July 2, 2000. (L-R) Natane Adcock, Damon Dash, Aaliyah, Jay-Z, Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs and Jennifer Lopez partied together at Combs' Fourth of July party in the Hamptons.

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Although they were not formally engaged, Dash says he and Aaliyah were planning to get married and raise a family.

Dash claims Jay-Z tried his best to woo Aaliyah away from him. He said Jay-Z "went hard" at Aaliyah but she curved him repeatedly. Even though she was dating Dash, Jay-Z couldn't keep his paws off of Aaliyah.

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In this photo dated May 6, 2000, Jay-Z is hugged up on Aaliyah at a Tommy Hilfiger party in Los Angeles. Also pictured are Bijou Phillips, 2nd from right, and Quincy Jones' daughter Kidada Jones, who dated rapper LL Cool J from 1992 to 1994.

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Lee Daniels, left, came to the rescue of deadbeat dad Damon Dash, right, who owes $950,000 in back child support to his baby mamas Rachel Roy and Cindy Morales.

The money is part of a debt Daniels owes Dash to the tune of $1.7 million. Dame loaned Daniels the money to invest in a movie. But Daniels never paid the cash back, prompting Dash to take to social media to embarrass the father of two.

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Dame was arrested in New York City last month for failing to pay child support. Following his release from jail Dash claimed he turned himself in and paid off his large debt to his exes.

"I went to turn myself in with money! I already paid it! And I still walked in with cuffs," Dash said outside the courthouse. "No more warrants. Everything is clear."

But Daniels' offer to pay off the debt suggests Dash did not pay the money like he claimed.