Houston, TX – Megan Thee Stallion has reportedly filed a request to dismiss her ongoing lawsuit against her former label 1501 Certified Entertainment, CEO Carl Crawford and Rap-A-Lot Records founder J. Prince without prejudice.
According to Ace Showbiz, the legal documents state, “Megan Pete hereby nonsuits all of the claims she has asserted in the above-captioned lawsuit against Defendants 1501 Certified Entertainment, LLC, Carl Crawford, and James Prince, without prejudice to the re-filing of the same.”
They continue, “Plaintiff’s claims concerning the release of her album ‘Suga’ on March 6, 2020 and the release of the feature track ‘Butter’ with BTS (Bangtan Boys) on August 27, 2021 have been resolved with the release of her music. As of the date of this filing, Pete is not waiving, and is expressly reserving all her audit rights pursuant to her contractual agreements with 1501 Certified Entertainment, LLC and other third-parties.”
Crawford reacted to the news on Tuesday (February 22) with an Instagram post that included a screenshot of the Ace Showbiz story and the caption, “Only the real [H] town can relate. Now tell em to run my bread dating all the way back from 2018.” He added an angry emoji at the end, suggesting he’s fuming over the amount of money he’s lost over the past four years.
Megan Thee Stallion filed the lawsuit in March 2020, accusing 1501 Certified Entertainment and J. Prince of blocking her from releasing new music because she wanted to renegotiate what she believed was an unfair contract she signed at the onset of her career.
“When I signed, I didn’t really know what was in my contract,” she said in an Instagram livestream. “I was young. I was like 20. I ain’t know everything that was in that contract. So when I got with Roc Nation, I got management — real management. I got real lawyers and they was like, ‘Did you know that this is in your contract?’”
She added, “So now, they telling a bitch that she can’t drop no music. It’s really just a greedy game. It’s really just real greedy. Wasn’t trying to leave the label. Wasn’t trying to not give nobody money that they feel like they entitled to. I just wanted to renegotiate some shit.”
Megan Thee Stallion says that 1501 isn’t letting her drop new music due to her requesting to renegotiate her contract. pic.twitter.com/4Uz5vXwmD0
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Carl Crawford dismissed the allegations at the time, saying, “It’s a whole lie. Nothing is true that she said. Me being greedy and taking money from her, that’s crazy. I never tried to take nothing from her. The only thing we ever did was give, give, give.”
As the lawsuit dragged on, Crawford became hopeful they could put their differences aside. As he said in a December 2021 with Bally Sports, “Like really, things always went left. We still don’t have a real reason why things went left. Everything is cool with her, like I said we wish her the best. We’re just going to keep doing our thing, 1501.”
When asked if Crawford envisioned a resolution, he replied, “Hopefully. We still in court right now. We still going to court about stuff and, you know, until that’s over with, we don’t have no chance. Hopefully at some point the court cases will be over and then you can move on with your life ’cause we stuck in this one little place.”
Now with the new court filings, Crawford, J. Prince and Megan Thee Stallion can move forward and focus on their individual endeavors without this particular case looming over their heads. The defendants “have not asserted any counterclaims” against Megan and “defendants do not have any pending claims for affirmative relief.”