2011 has been a busy year for Lauryn Hill. This year has marked the birth of her 6th child, a reemergence as part of the Rock The Bells Tour and LA Rising Festival, and unfortunately, 2 lawsuits. Over the summer, former band member, Jay Gore, re-upped his lawsuit against the prolific singer/rapper/actress claiming she still owed him several thousand dollars for performing in her 2007 European Tour. The guitar player is seeking over 20K in damages and asserts that Hill created a highly volatile work environment. Gore alleges that
“After shows, Hill would demand that the musicians and road support personnel attend meetings where she would engage in a person-by-person critique and berating,”
“At one point, Hill made a statement in front of the tour personnel to the effect that ‘I can’t believe I am paying you fools, you should be paying me.'”
The newest case against the former Fugee involves her former stylist – also from the 2007 tour – who’s accused Hill of not completing payment for services, as well as refusing to return most of the haute couture items on loan to her for the tour. According to the plaintiff, Via Davia Vintage, Hill and company agreed to pay a fixed fee to be supplied with a “high fashion” wardrobe for 4 months, but that only a portion was paid. They also contend that when L-Boogie finally returned the items, it was only about 30% of the total amount loaned, and the least expensive items to boot.
It’s been 13 years since she stunned the world with her Grammy-snatching, inspiring record, “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” – and a void has certainly been left within the industry since her vaguely mysterious departure from the scene. While she may be back up on the radar at present, L-Boogie fans (and more, no doubt) hope the “scoop” on Lauryn Hill will be of a positive, and creative nature in the future.