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Former Fugee slams 'New York Post' with $30 million lawsuit

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Pras Michel, formerly of The Fugees, filed a $30 million lawsuit against the New York Post after the publication ran a story claiming Pras didn’t show up for a performance benefiting his own foundation, Hope for Them.

The article appeared on the New York Post website Sunday with the headline, “Ex-Fugee rapper bailed on his own 9/11 benefit concert.” The story goes on to say Pras is a member on the Hope for Them foundation’s board and that the foundation bounced a check to the venue.

However, a complaint filed by Pras claims the rapper has never “owned nor been an owner, director or officer of the Foundation” and states that much of the New York Post article about Pras is factually inaccurate. “[The writer’s] actions serve as a blatant reckless disregard for the truth,” the suit reads. “As a result, Pras has suffered and continues to suffer harm, including but not limited to physical injuries, severe emotional distress, embarrassment, and humiliation.”

The complaint also points out that Pras “has dedicated much of his life to charity” and that the New York Post article painted him as someone who mercilessly ditched a charity event, even though Pras claims he “never guaranteed a performance.”

Pras isn’t the first Fugee to run into charity-related trouble: Wyclef Jean’s charity, Yele Haiti, was shut down in 2012 after it was discovered that much of the donated funds weren’t going toward earthquake recovery efforts but instead to travel and legal fees.

The New York Post has not responded to EW‘s request for comment.