Verzuz: Timbaland and Swizz Beatz Sue Triller for $28M

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Timbaland and Swizz Beatz have filed a $28 million lawsuit against social media video platform Triller for alleged failure payments after selling their popular “Verzuz” series.

The two hip-hop producers developed the popular streaming rap-battle series in 2020, which pits musical acts against one another in form of a freestyle rap battle.

According to TMZ, Swizz Beatz, real name Kasseem Dean, and Timbaland, real name Timothy Mosley, decided to sell the series’ rights to Triller, a TikTok rival, in January 2021.

However, according to documents obtained by the outlet, the pair now claim that the company, founded in 2015 by financier Ryan Kavanaugh, reneged on the agreement after only two payments.

An new payment plan was eventually agreed upon, but Timbaland and Swizz Beatz claim they haven’t even seen the funds yet, despite the fact that it had been due in January.

The duo is suing for $28 million in compensatory damages, and also $95,000 in interest, attorneys’ fees, and expenses.

“Defendants have failed and refused to respond to plaintiffs’ written notice and demand for payment,” Swizz Beatz and Timbaland’s lawyers wrote in the complaint, according to Billboard. “To date, defendants have failed and refused to make any payment to Mosley and Dean of the past due sums due and owing, and defendants continue in default of their payment obligations.”

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