March 16th, 2012 by faye
R&B singer Akon will not be intimidated by the construction company of Southern Electric after they sued the singer over unpaid construction bills for his mansion. Akon has reportedly filed a countersuit, insisting the man behind the five-figure tab not only butchered his home, but also tried to extort Akon to get the cash.
According to TMZ reports, Akon filed a countersuit against Jay Poorak, the man who runs the construction company called Southern Electric. The 38-year-old singer insists that Poorak performed substandard construction work on Akon’s house. The lawsuit also states that Jay Poorak attempted all kinds of construction on Akon’s home — including electrical work, framing, and cornice work – without any permission and price agreement.
But there’s more. Akon also claims that Poorak completely ripped him off, charging him over $150,000 for the job, when it was only worth $33,660. The Senegalese-American singer says he already paid Jay Poorak $44,650, despite the poor job. Now, Akon wants at least $10,990 back – the amount the singer believes he overpaid.
Akon also claims Jay Poorak threatened him over the balance in question with legal action and “the besmirching of [his] reputation” if Akon didn’t pay up. The “Smack That’ singer is also suing for unspecified damages, claiming Poorak slandered him.
March 7th, 2012 by faye
R&B singer Akon is facing another lawsuit – and this time, it’s from his own lawyers.
According to TMZ reports, the lawyers from a firm called Yoss are suing Akon for allegedly refusing to pay them more than $39,000 in legal bills. The firm filed its their lawsuit in Georgia, alleging breach of contract, though it’s not clear what the legal work was for. This is the second breach of contract lawsuit to be filed against 38-year-old Akon this year.
As previous reports have stated, an electrical-contracting firm called Southern Electric also filed a lawsuit against the singer, claiming Akon breached a contract for work at his $1.65-million mansion. Southern Electric says it completed more than $344,000 in upgrades to the “Smack That” singer’s home, including electrical, framing, and molding work. Akon, however, allegedly still owes nearly $52,000 on the bill. The singer’s mom acted as her son’s agent in the deal, which may possibly raise some legal questions about her potential liability as Akon’s agent. However, if Akon’s mom exceeded her authority – for example, by asking for additional or different upgrades that Akon did not agree to – she may be held liable for the bill.
The R&B star insists the Yoss lawyers’ lawsuit for breach of contract is bogus. Akon is reportedly asking a judge to dismiss the case filed by his lawyers.
February 23rd, 2012 by faye
R&B singer Akon is currently facing a lawsuit from a local contracting company for breach of contract over an unpaid construction bills. Reports say ‘Smack That’ singer Akon has failed to pay the final installment of construction bills on his mansion in Georgia, which amounts to $51,941 – hence, the contracting company is taking matters into court.
Southern Electric filed the lawsuit against Akon in Georgia Superior Court, claiming it completed over $344,000 of work on his house, which includes electric work, framing, and molding. However, Akon refused to pay the final construction bills. According to the lawsuit, Southern Electric contacted Akon’s mother last November, because she was acting as the singer’s agent in the deal, but the contracting company still did not receive anything. So they are now suing for breach of contract for the construction bills allegedly owed by Akon, plus interest. Reports say Akon’s Georgia mansion is said to be a two-story four-bedroom, eight-bath model that he forked over 1.65-million clams for.
Prior to his current lawsuit over construction bills, 38-year-old Akon was sentenced to 65 hours of community service for harassing a fan in 2008, while in 2007, the Senegalese-born rapper pleaded guilty to tossing a teenage boy off stage during a New York concert and was told he would not go to jail if he completes the community service and pays a $250 fine. Akon – real name Aliaune Thiam – shook hands with the now victim Anthony Smith after entering his plea and apologized to him and his parents, but refused to comment on his sentence.
The R&B singer’s lawyer issued a statement saying, “We are pleased the case has been resolved and Akon looks forward to putting this unfortunate incident behind him.”