The New York Post has gotten themselves into a bit of trouble. The newspaper recently published a headline about member of the hip hop group The Fugees Pras that read “Ex-Fugee rapper bailed on his own 9/11 benefit concert” and now THR.com reports that Pras has slapped them with a $30 million lawsuit claiming that the story was not only damaging to his reputation but untrue as well.
The story, which was published on Oct.5th, says that Pras did not show up to a 9/11 charity event that was benefiting his own organization, the Hope For Them Foundation. In his complaint it says that Pras “has never owned nor been an owner, director or officer of the Foundation” and was never guaranteed to perform. He also claims that the article falsely stated that MTV was sponsoring the event and that a check that was given to the hosting venue had bounced.
“The drafting, publishing and dissemination of the Article was accomplished with a reckless disregard for the truth,” states the lawsuit. “The reckless ‘reporting’ would be deemed as such had a high school student drafted the Article. However, the authors are seasoned, experienced ‘investigative journalists’ employed by one of the most widely circulated newspapers in the world.”
The New York Post has reportedly been demanded to print a retraction and apology to the rapper.