It was only recently that we were all talking about Lupe Fiasco after his extensive Twitter response to Kendrick Lamar’s verse on “Control,” and today he’s back in the news for more non-music related matters.
According to TMZ, Lupe is being sued by Inita Patton, the estranged wife of Charles “Chilly” Patton, on the grounds that Lupe helped hide over nine million dollars in various bank accounts to stop her gaining the money in her divorce settlement. Charles Patton is a partner in Lupe’s 1st and 15th Records and was executive producer on his 2006 debut album Food & Liquor. He is currently serving a 44 year prison sentence related to possession of 6 kilos of heroin. Prosecutors tried to link Patton’s drug dealing to the record label but were not able to do so, while Lupe even testified for the defense during the trial in 2007.
Mrs. Patton’s suit claims that Lupe was directly involved in hiding the money, and she is suing in an attempt to reclaim it. Lupe’s legal team has said that there are “no secret accounts and no illicit instructions” and that the accusations are baseless.