George Floyd's family wants to sue Kanye West for defamation

George Floyd's family wants to sue Kanye West for defamation


George Floyd's family has announced plans to sue Kanye West for $250 million over his false claims about the death of the African American killed by police officer Derek Chauvin. 

During an appearance on the Drink Champs podcast over the weekend, the controversial rapper claimed that George Floyd died of a fentanyl overdose and therefore was not killed by the former police officer during an arrest in May 2020. Derek Chauvin was convicted in 2021 and sentenced to 22 years in prison.

Tuesday, October 18, Roxie Washington, the mother of George Floyd's daughter, announced, via her lawyers, to file a complaint against Kanye West and his associates for $ 250 million in damages on behalf of her daughter, for “harassment , defamation and emotional suffering.” 

Lawyers for George Floyd's family say Kanye West's “patently false statements” have had an equally detrimental effect on his family and daughter.&nbsp ;

“The best interests of the child come first,” attorney Nuru Witherspoon said in a statement. George Floyd's daughter is re-traumatized by Kanye West's comments and he is creating a dangerous and unhealthy environment for her. »

Another attorney, Pat D. Dixon, III, added, “Kanye's comments are a disgusting attempt to downplay the life of George Floyd and profit from his inhumane death. We will hold Mr. West accountable for his blatant remarks against the memory of Mr. Floyd.

In the announcement, legal representatives revealed that they had sent the rapper a formal notice following his remarks. They also accused him of telling “malicious lies” to “promote his brands, increase his market value” and “profit from the horrific death of Mr. Floyd and the trauma of his family”.

< p>While fentanyl was found in George Floyd's body, medical examiners concluded the death was due to the officer's knee pressing on the African American's neck for more than nine minutes while that he was face down, which caused a “cardiopulmonary arrest”. In 2021, Derek Chauvin was convicted of murder.

The Drink Champs episode with Kanye West has since been removed from YouTube and Revolt TV and co-host N.O.R.E. apologized for giving a platform to the rapper's racist, anti-Semitic and conspiratorial remarks.