AceShowbiz - Rapper The Game has been ordered to pay more than $500,000 (£354,000) in damages over his canceled tour of Australia in 2017.
The musician, real name Jayceon Taylor, was hit with a bill of $478,119.73 (£338,724.12) in damages, plus interest of $78,508.08 (£55,619.08), and court costs by Australian promoters Tour Squad, following the ruling by Justice Sarah Derrington.
The Game had been due to play in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth four years ago, but axed the concerts at the last minute after Tour Squad denied his team's request to pay $3.21 million (£2.27 million) for a documentary they wanted to make.
In addition, The Game's fee for each concert rose from $32,100 (£22,741) to $51,340 (£36,371), while he wanted to charge $19,250 (£13,637) for any afterparty appearance, and requested that he be accompanied by a 15-person entourage at all times.
In her ruling, Justice Derrington cited the inappropriate behavior of those involved, and also revealed she had been contacted by all the parties outside of the courtroom as they attempted to "influence the court."
This was not the first time The Game had issue with the Land Down Under. Back in 2016, he was forced to cancel a series of concerts after he was denied entry on the reasons that he didn't have the proper visa. "We were denied entry once we landed at Customs," he, at the time, shared his woe on Instagram.
Court order aside, The Game was recently accused of conning unsigned artists for money. In early March, he set the record straights by suggested to HipHopDx that the allegations were made after the artists' mixtapes, which were uploaded on The Game's unofficial Soundcloud account, did not make them overnight celebrities.
"So when someone that doesn't happen with some unsigned artists, well that person is mad, right? Because they thought that this drop or this mixtape slot was going to change their lives, when in reality it's just a step on the ladder," he said. "Use it as you may and get as much as you can off of it, but it's not going to make you DaBaby. Basically, I'm just trying to uplift artists with dope opportunities."