A new lawsuit filed by a concert film distribution company sheds light on a jealous side of Drake that we may not have been aware of. According to the company’s lawsuit, Drake is attempting to sabotage the “Homecoming” film in order to leverage attendance at his own upcoming music festival.
SpectiCast, the distributor behind Drake’s concert film, Drake’s Homecoming: The Lost Footage, is alleging libel against the rap star, claiming that Drake signed a contract allowing the film to be distributed. Despite the lawsuit’s claims, Drake has spoken out against the film, stating that neither he nor OVO has had any part in the production of the film, and that he wishes to make that fact public knowledge to “protect fans.” SpectiCast has countered that argument by stating that Drake is merely attempting to disavow the film to steer fans towards attending his annual OVO festival, which is set to take place this August. As reported earlier, Drake is set to lose a potential fifteen million dollars in the lawsuit, which was filed roughly one day before the film was set for widespread distribution in theaters.
It would seem as though SpectiCast has some sort of reasonable point, as Drake’s attacks on the film started a mere days before the film was set to be released, thus ensuring that ticket sales for the concert film would be negatively impacted. According to an article written in Rolling Stone, however, Drake’s backlash may be due in part to the fact that Drake retained no creative control over the project during the entirety of production. In addition to the lawsuit, SpectiCast is also claiming that Drake is backing out of a deal that the rapper had with Serious Entertainment which gave the company “the right to make and own the video and audio recordings of the concert and to exploit them for profit.”
Representatives of Drake have thus far declined comment on Drake’s take on the issue or the lawsuit itself. For now, the lawsuit does put the brakes on the film’s ability to see any sort of success in the early run. Regardless of the impact, the lawsuit will undoubtedly take a great deal of time before the smoke clears.