LOS ANGELES — Lil Wayne, a New Orleans-based rapper, is being sued by a Hollywood bouncer who claims Lil Wayne made a racist remark during a scuffle.
Andrew Nunemacher was allegedly working as a bouncer at the Hollywood Hyde Sunset Nightclub on June 27, 2016 when a scuffle between him and Lil Wayne and the rapper's entourage allegedly ensued. Nunemacher claims Lil Wayne punched him, knocked him to the ground, threw a drink in his face and said “F--- you, white boy!”
Nunemacher is suing Lil Wayne for civil damages, including assault, battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress. He also claims Wayne attacked him because of his race.
Peter Russell, a Gretna-based attorney, former police officer and a partner at McBride & Russell Law Firm LLC, told the Louisiana Record that he feels the bouncer could just be out to get money from the rapper.
“It’s obvious that the suit has been filed against Lil Wayne because of the money," Russell said. "Deep pockets are the whole key to the suit.”
Russell doesn’t represent the rapper.
Russell believes that Lil Wayne may actually see the lawsuit as a positive.
“I think the security guard is miscalculating with Lil Wayne," Russell said. "Rappers like Lil Wayne are known for being macho. They talk about in rapping being a man and fighting and having women and money. Lil Wayne likes that tough guy personification. He sells records based on what he raps, how he lives his life.”
Most of these types of suits settle out of court, Russell said.
"I think that the key [for Andrew Nunemacher] is to try and settle it,” he said.
Russel said it is unlikely that the suit gets moved to New Orleans, where Lil Wayne is based.
“I don’t believe he could have brought it in Louisiana," Russell said. "Louisiana law does allow for damages to occur out of the state to be brought in the state if a series of legal standards are met. However, whenever you’re dealing with an intentional tort, say battery, that would be a stretch."