Tyga Owes A Landlord $480,000 For Trashing A Malibu Mansion
Rapper Tyga is scheduled to appear in court in Santa Monica today to discuss a lawsuit that says he has failed to pay for alleged damages to a Malibu mansion. In 2011, Tyga was renting a place in Malibu that cost $16,000 per month, the L.A. Times reports. Landlord Gholamreza Rezai sued Tyga in 2012, naming both Tyga (whose real name is Michael Ray Stevenson) and Tyga Music as defendants. Rezai claimed that Tyga signed a lease in June of 2011 for one year, but stopped paying rent in September of 2012 and stated his intentions to leave the house that same month, according to TMZ. At the time, Rezai said Tyga claimed his reason for leaving early was that fans kept coming to his home.
Additionally, court papers allege that when the landlord entered the property after Tyga left, there was a considerable amount of damage. Some of it was in ways one might expect, if a renter was particularly careless: mars to hardwood floors, and damage to both the gate opener and a glass-tiled shower. However, the suit also alleges that Tyga installed a stripper pole into the master bedroom and disconnected the home's intercom system.
The landlord's lawyer, Boris Treyzon, told the Times, "Tyga leased a house that he wanted to use as his primary residence, then he completely trashed it."
L.A. Superior Court Judge Nancy L. Newman decided in March that Tyga should pay $480,285, which would cover the alleged damage, unpaid rent and legal fees. Tyga, however, did not pay up. A contractor served a notice for the rapper to attend a debtor's hearing as he was on stage at a concert in San Diego on July 20.
Should Tyga fail to appear in court today, a bench warrant may be issued. If he does, he will be asked questions about his financial situation.