MIAMI, Fla. (CN) - Rapper Flo Rida and DJ Irie say they performed at ESPN's 2011 ESPY Awards party, but a promoter that put the event together bounced their paychecks.
Sports Dream hired Flo Rida to perform at the 2011 ESPY's Celebrity Kick-Off party, benefitting the charity Rock the Vote, and agreed to pay him a total of $66,000 in two installments, according to the complaint in Miami-Dade County Court.
Flo Rida says he received the first $30,000 installment on July 6, in accordance with the agreement, and received the second installment on July 11, the day of the performance. But the check bounced due to insufficient funds, the rapper claims. He says Sports Dream also still owes a $6,000 booking fee.
All Access Promotions agreed to pay DJ Irie $6,000 for his performance at the same event. He was supposed to be paid by wire transfer but says he never received the money.
The artists claim breach of contract, unjust enrichment and violation of Florida and California laws. They seek treble damages.
The ESPY's (Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Award), presented by ESPN, is an awards ceremony celebrating the year's best sports performances by teams and individual athletes.
Plaintiffs are represented by Miami attorneys Robert Zarco and Kaari Gagnon of Zarco, Einhorn, Salkowski & Brito.