AceShowbiz - 2 Chainz's Escobar Restaurant & Tapas drama has earned him a lawsuit. The rapper faces legal trouble after Pablo Escobar's family company, Escobar Inc., is suing him over the restaurant's name.
According to TMZ, the family business has filed a $10M lawsuit against 2 Chainz for using Pablo's likeness and brand without authorization. They accused the "Gang Up" spitter of violating federal laws with the commercial use of Pablo Escobar's image.
Pablo Escobar's family doesn't only sue 2 Chainz for his restaurant's name, but also the merch that he sold in support of the joint. Escobar Inc. noted that 2 Chainz had a painting with Escobar's likeness inside of the restaurant in addition to a menu named "Escobar Crab Cakes".
The family seeks $10M in damages as well as an injunction preventing the rapper from using the Colombian drug lord and narcoterrorist's name for his business in the future. 2 Chainz has yet to respond to the lawsuit.
This is not the first time for 2 Chainz to get in trouble over restaurant drama. He previously faced backlash over his plan to get his restaurant back to full service amid Coronavirus pandemic. He then had a change of heart as his business partner Snoop Dillard said, "After careful consideration, we are not going to open our restaurants on Monday. It has not officially been decided when we will start having dine-in service."
However, they did re-open in early May, only to get shut down by authorities on Monday, May 25 for violating COVID-19 protocol. Georgia State Police officers stopped at Escobar Restaurant & Tapas on Monday night after noting patrons had piled into the establishment, where they ignored all social distancing rules put in place to slow the spread of the coronavirus while allowing local eatery owners to reopen their dining rooms.
According to a police report obtained by TMZ, the cops "noticed that the location was rather loud, busy, and occupied to be operating as a restaurant at that time of night," and after speaking to the venue manager, the place was closed down for "violating executive orders regarding protocol issued due to COVID-19."