First she approached him in 1996 for help, then Genard Parker willingly helped Ashanti in his Bronx home-based studio for eight months when she had yet popular. Later when the female singer signed contract with another record company, Parker released her from his contract in condition that he could produce two songs on her first album and receive a $50,000 advance plus royalties.
Fortunately, the two records went success and earned Ashanti abundant wealth. Nevertheless, the already becoming a star never paid Parker, and worse than that she never thanked him. This apparently made Parker mad and thus he's seeking million dollars of damages from her.
"This case is about abandoning the people that help us succeed," so Parker lawyer Jasmine Khalili said in the contract dispute hearing in U.S. District Court in Manhattan. As on her side, Ashanti denied that Parker played an influential role in her musical career, which was strengthen by her lawyer statement saying it was only after the success of the second album that Parker claimed his contract was violated and demanded money.