At a Court of Appeal hearing today, representatives of US-based rapper Flo Rida challenged a lawsuit filed against him by Fat As Butter promoters Mothership Music regarding his non-appearance at the 2011 iteration of the festival.
The NSW District Court had previously ruled in favour of the organisers but now Flo and his legal reps feel he shouldn’t have to pay as he wasn’t in the state when the proceedings began, and thus was out of the court’s jurisdiction.
The rapper’s lawyer Nick Furlan claimed the court could not rule over his client as “my client is an American resident who lives and works in America… There was no evidence that he was in NSW on April 13”.
Flo Rida, real name Tramar Dillard got low in 2011 after he failed to perform as advertised at Fat As Butter Festival 2011. As he was already paid for the gig, and offered little explanation other than he “has slept in and will not be able to make the concert” minutes before his set, he was ordered by a judge to repay organisers $380,400 in damages and $37,745 in legal fees last August, also having his Australian assets frozen.
The case hit headlines last year when the court served the claim on Flo Rida via Facebook during his April 2012 visit for Supafest.
After the no-show, fans viciously turned on Fat As Butter via social media. Tickets were $110 for the day with Flo Rida holding a headlining position.
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Flo Rida Challenges $400,000 Lawsuit From Australian Festival Organisers - Music Feeds