Floyd’s partner, Roxie Washington, hired Witherspoon Law Group to file the lawsuit on behalf of Floyd’s daughter “for harassment, misappropriation, defamation, and infliction of emotional distress.”
The comments in question were made during West’s interview on the podcast Drink Champs, during which he claimed Floyd really died of a fentanyl overdose. Former police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of murdering Floyd last year.
“I watched the George Floyd documentary that Candace Owens put out,” West said. “If you look, the guy’s knee wasn’t even on his neck like that … It’s in the documentary,” he said, referring to Chauvin.
Floyd’s family claimed West “stated malicious falsehoods about George Floyd to profit from Mr. Floyd’s horrendous death and his family’s trauma” and issued a cease and desist letter to West.
“In his recent appearance on the popular podcast Drink Champs, Kanye West knowingly made blatantly false statements about George Floyd’s death to promote his brands, and increase marketing value and revenue for himself, his business partners, and associates,” the Witherspoon Law Group said in a statement.
One of the podcast hosts, N.O.R.E., has since apologized for West’s comments and allowing the show to spread what he called “false and hurtful information.” Drink Champs also deleted the podcast interview from social media and streaming services.
George Floyd had a lethal amount of fentanyl in his system.
Launching frivolous lawsuits does not change the facts.
George Floyd’s family knows this— they are just trying to keep the narrative going and using Ye’s to do it.
Black America will be freed from the lies. https://t.co/dQRQltZI3G
— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) October 18, 2022