Troy Ave Sues Irving Plaza, Live Nation Over Shooting
Rucuss staffAugust 9, 2016
Troy Ave is suing Irving Plaza and Live Nation for an alleged security breach.
The New York Daily News reports that Ave, who is out on $500,000 bail, believes the alleged security breach led to the controversial shooting on May 25 where his friend and bodyguard Ronald McPhatter was shot and killed. Ave was also shot that night, suffering a leg wound.
Ave, whose real name is Roland Collins, announced the news in a press conference in front of the performance venue.
“I’m going through a lot,” he said with his lawyer Scott Leemon by his side. “I just want to get my life back.”
“He is the victim here,” added Leemon. “He did not bring a gun into this place. And we are seeking redress for the negligence.”
Troy was arrested and charged with attempted murder after appearing to shoot a weapon in the club’s surveillance video that night. His lawyers claim he took the weapon from another man in self defense prior to firing those shots. However, Ave has not been ruled out in the homicide investigations as officials look into McPhatter’s death.
The new court documents explain that: “As a result of this incident, the plaintiff, a 30-year-old promising performer with his entire career ahead of him, has been left with disabling injuries which will forever affect his life, his career and his pursuits.”
The documents are state that the venue should have taken “shooting incidents involving artists such as Tupac Shakur, Sean ‘Puffy’ Combs, Notorious B.I.G., Trae and Jam Master Jay” into account because “several of these shootings occurred in music venues and/or clubs like Irving Plaza.”
Ave faces travel restrictions and wears a monitoring bracelet. He has also been asked to stay away from performance venues like Irving Plaza.
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