Drakeo The Ruler's 5-Year-Old Son Files $60M Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Live Nation
"We aim to hold the defendants accountable, seek maximum justice for our client, and help prevent a tragedy like this from happening again," Attorney James Bryant said.
February 01, 2022 at 12:59 am
Update (February 4, 2022): Tianna Purtue has filed a $60 million wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of Caiden Caldwel, Drakeo the Ruler's five-year-old son.
The suit, presented by Caiden's mother, named Live Nation, C3 Presents, Bobby Dee Presents, Major League Soccer LLC aka Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) and Jeff Shuman as defendants for negligence, wrongful death, and premises liability.
Attorney James Bryant argues Mr. Caldwell is bringing the suit to hold everyone involved with the music festival accountable for his father's slaying.
"This never should have happened, and it wouldn't have happened had proper security measures been put into place," said Bryant. "We aim to hold the defendants accountable, seek maximum justice for our client, and help prevent a tragedy like this from happening again."
The lawsuit comes less than a week after the "Talk To Me" rapper's family spoke on a similar case against the concert promoters. Drakeo's mother, Darrylene Corniel, and his brother, Devante Caldwell, aka rapper Ralfy the Plug, are presently preparing for his funeral and are not involved in the lawsuit filed on Wednesday. Additionally, they have not begun "any other legal proceedings of their own," nor is Attorney Bryant representing them at this time.
Update (January 31, 2022): Drakeo the Ruler's family announced they would file a wrongful-death lawsuit against several concert promoters, including Live Nation, Bobby Dee Presents and C3 Presents, over his fatal backstage stabbing last month at the Once Upon a Time in LA Music Festival.
The family's attorneys said the wrongful death and negligence lawsuit against the festival's promoters would be filed today, with the family seeking at least $20 million in damages.
Twenty-eight-year-old Drakeo the Ruler, whose real name is Darrell Caldwell, was stabbed to death after a brawl broke out backstage at Exposition Park near the Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles on Dec. 18. The lawsuit argues that the festival organizers failed to provide sufficient security backstage in the time leading to the prison-style attack.
"A lack of security allowed dozens of men to ambush rapper Drakeo the Ruler, who was beaten and stabbed to death backstage at a Los Angeles music festival," the family's Attorney James Bryant said.