Kanye West’s bizarre statement has resulted in a $2 billion lawsuit filed by George Floyd’s family.
West’s recent actions and comments have sparked new outrage. But, after a string of personal attacks, he appears to have met his match, as Floyd’s family filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit against him.
After CNN and other news outlets assumed West’s controversial remarks would land him in hot water, Yahoo! Entertainment revealed that Floyd’s daughter, Gianna, had officially filed a lawsuit against the rapper.
Following his comments about Floyd’s death, the family announced the $250 million lawsuit through Gianna’s mother.
According to attorney Pat D. Dixon III, the lawsuit was filed on Tuesday to hold the “Jesus Is King” rapper accountable for his remarks. She claimed that the comments caused the bereaved family “harassment, misappropriation, defamation, and infliction of emotional distress.”
Attorney Nuru Witherspoon continued:
“The interests of the child are priority. George Floyd’s daughter is being retraumatized by Kanye West’s comments, and he’s creating an unsafe and unhealthy environment for her.”
Meanwhile, Roxie Washington, representing Gianna and her mother, sent a cease and desist letter to Kim Kardashian’s ex-husband.
West has yet to respond to the lawsuit, but the filing was not unexpected given that he made disparaging remarks about Floyd.
West filed the lawsuit after appearing on a recent episode of the podcast “Drink Champs,” where he discussed Floyd and other topics.
At the time, the rapper claimed that he had seen the Floyd documentary and did not die because the officer placed his knee on his neck. West went on to say that the man died due to fentanyl.
That, however, was not the case.
The death of the African-American citizen was captured on video and went viral. Floyd struggled for nearly ten minutes as a police officer, Derek Chauvin, knelt on him.
Floyd repeatedly said, “I can’t breathe,” while people on the scene attempted to stop him. Even though his nose was bleeding, Chauvin kept pinning him down with his knees.
He then passed out while the officer was still kneeling on him. Floyd was declared dead after being rushed to the hospital.
According to the final autopsy report, he died due to “cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement subdual, restraint, and neck compression.” According to the report, other conditions that contributed to his death included hypertensive heart disease, fentanyl intoxication, and methamphetamine use.