Houston, TX – Chris Brown is facing more legal trouble after he allegedly bailed on a charity event intended to raise money for those negatively impacted by Hurricanes Ida and Nicholas.
In a press conference on Wednesday (July 13), owner and Vice President of DML Real Estate Investors and Construction LeJuan Bailey said her company paid Brown’s performance fees, travel accommodations and private plane requests totaling $1.1 million only for him to cancel last minute.
According to a statement sent to HipHopDX, DML Real Estate Investors and Construction LLC has retained the Buzbee Law Firm to pursue claims of fraud and breach of contract against the R&B singer and CBE Touring, LLC.
“DML spent more than a million dollars and thousands of hours of effort to help those in the community ravaged by hurricanes,” Buzbee said. “It is a shame that Chris Brown thinks he can take the money from an organization simply trying to help the community and then thumb his nose at them. The Houston community won’t tolerate such conduct.”
DML organized the “One Night Only Benefit Concert” to raise money and help residents across Texas and Louisiana whose homes were destroyed in the 2021 hurricanes. DML and other community leaders reached out to Chris Brown, who they say “contractually agreed” to perform the show at the Toyota Center in Houston alongside Bryson Tiller and Monica.
The “One Night Only Benefit Concert” was originally scheduled to take place in November 2021 but was rescheduled to March 19 due to the Astroworld Festival tragedy.
DML says Brown announced on the day of the concert via Instagram that he would not perform at the benefit. Due to Brown’s last-minute cancelation, the venue closed its doors and canceled the sold-out show, causing an eruption of controversy in the process.
Community leaders, such as State Representative Ron Reynolds, Houston philanthropic leader Sandra Massie Hines and Houston City Council Member Dr. Carolyn Evans-Shabazz have called on Brown to “do the right thing” and return DML’s money so hurricane victims can receive the help they need. Brown allegedly refused and instead, is performing at a different, unrelated event at the Toyota Center on August 17.
The case is expected to be filed in New York Civil Court in Manhattan on Monday (July 25). Bailey added, “I acted in good faith and sponsored this concert out of love and respect for residents in need. I am appalled that Chris Brown refuses to refund my money for a show he did not appear to after we announced our show and sold tickets.”