Sean Garrett ordered to pay $108K to American Express
Record producer and singer-songwriter Sean Garrett has been ordered by the court to cough up over $108,084 to credit card company American Express.
According to previous reports, American Express filed a lawsuit against 33-year-old Sean Garrett — who worked with the likes of Nicki Minaj, Beyonce and Usher — claiming he never paid off the huge tab on his credit card.
American Express filed a motion for default judgment last month because Sean Garrett did not respond to the company’s lawsuit, and now, a judge has ruled in favor of AmEx.
However, it seems like Garrett has a number of other financial issues. The state of Georgia has filed a tax lien against him earlier this year, claiming the record producer owes over $1 million in back taxes for the years 2006, 2007 and 2010.
Sean Garrett previously claimed the American Express bill was the result of identity theft. He has not responded to calls for comment on the matter.
Garrett is known to have produced fifteen number one singles in only seven years of producing music. That number puts him in fifth place on the Billboard list of producers with the most number one hits. He is the first producer to achieve this measure of success in under a decade since George Martin, who produced 20 #1 hits for The Beatles in six and a half years from 1964 to 1970. Sean Garrett is also the only active hip hop producer that is mentioned on the Billboard list of producers with the most number one hits.