Brooklyn rapper Roland Collins, better known as Troy Ave, is taking Irving Plaza and promoter Live Nation to court following the shooting at the venue that left his bodyguard dead and caused the rapper to suffer a gunshot wound to his leg in May.
According to the NY Daily News, Troy Ave announced his legal decision at a press conference on Monday in front of the venue in Union Square with his lawyers.
“This morning, we have filed a lawsuit against Irving Plaza and Live Nation on behalf of Troy Ave for the lack of security they provided the night of the incident,” attorney Scott Leemon said in an emailed statement. “Troy did not bring the gun into the venue and if the security had done their job none of the injuries, including Troy getting shot, would have occurred. The venue had a duty to protect Troy, as an invited performer, and they failed him miserably.”
However, Troy was seen on surveillance video aiming and shooting a firearm.
A gun was found inside of Troy’s van, the same van used to take him to the hospital and matched the ballistic test for the weapon that killed his bodyguard, Banga.
The “All About the Money” rapper said, “I’m going through a lot, I just want my life back.”
Troy is currently released on a $500,000 bail. He was arrested on attempted murder and gun possession charges. As a condition of his bail, Troy Ave is required to wear an electronic monitoring bracelet and is not allowed to leave New York. He was also ordered to stay out of performance venues, clubs and bars.
Written By: Nicquana Tashea