Megan Thee Stallion has hit a snag in her ongoing battle with her former record label, 1501 Certified Entertainment, who have refused her deposition request due to what they’re calling a case of mistaken identity.
According to court documents obtained by Radar Online, 1501 and its label head, Carl Crawford, filed a motion denying the Houston hottie’s claims that they’ve been employing Darien Smith at their label.
Rather, Crawford is claiming that Smith works as an independent contractor of sorts — someone who manages one of 1501’s artists, but who is otherwise not employed by the label.
Furthermore, 1501 and Crawford claimed that the “Hot Girl Summer” rapper has “Darien Smith” confused with “Darrian Smith,” who is a completely different person altogether.
“The allegations that 1501 has ‘maliciously collaborated’ in a ‘campaign to disparage [Megan]’ are as ludicrous as [Megan’s] refusal to listen to 1501 when it told her long ago that she was after the wrong Darien Smith,” the label said, per the outlet.
“The label said it has never refused ‘to produce a corporate representative’ to testify regarding its publishing claim. Instead, 1501 has repeatedly asked [Megan’s] counsel to articulate what testimony [Megan] is seeking so that it might present an appropriate witness.”
What’s more, 1501 and Crawford have told Megan Thee Stallion’s attorneys that they’ll need to subpoena “Darien Smith” personally, since they only employ “Darrian Smith.”
In those demands, which were made through Megan’s attorneys, Harris will not only be required to answer questions under oath on videotape, but will be required to turn over all pertinent text communication between herself, Tory Lanez, and Carl Crawford.
In addition to demanding to see the text communication between the parties, Megan Thee Stallion has demanded to know whether Crawford approved of Harris’ diss song, “Bussin Back,” which was made against her ex-bestie, and which was also introduced as evidence in the Tory Lanez shooting trial.
This request, according to the American Bar Association, is a normal one and is part of what is known as the discovery phase of trial, which is when both parties in a case agree to show evidence they plan to introduce at trial.
Discovery prevents “trial by ambush,” which means neither Megan Thee Stallion nor 1501 Entertainment will be allowed to introduce “surprise” evidence at trial.