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Distributors of Drake documentary sue rapper for libel

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Earlier this week, Drake announced his disapproval of the new documentary Drake’s Homecoming: The Lost Footage, a film containing archival footage and clips from a 2009 Toronto performance set to screen at various AMC theaters today. Now the film’s distributor, SpectiCast, has sued the rapper on grounds of libel.

In a copy of the lawsuit obtained by EW, SpectiCast’s legal team states that “Drake assigned all rights to the video and sound recordings of the concert in 2009, and approved the trailer for the film in December 2014 in anticipation of the film’s release.”

The document continues by suggesting that although Drake stood to receive 15 percent of the film’s profits he “without warning […] initiated a campaign to destroy the film’s commercial value, issuing several false statements via Twitter and other social media outlets that he has no affiliation with the film, giving rise to the libelous and false impression that the film’s recording of his 2009 Toronto concert is somehow ‘unauthorized.'”

According to the suit, “the fact that the film’s premiere date coincides with ticket sales for a summer concert offered by Drake’s own record label, October’s Very Own (“OVO”), strongly suggests that Drake is attempting to sabotage the film so that he can reap increased profits from ticket sales to his own concert.”

“Drake’s actions are libelous, malicious, and damaging to those who worked hard and honorably to get this movie out,” said SpectiCast attorney Peter Haviland in a press release. SpectiCast will seek punitive damages as well as an official court declaration that Drake’s Homecoming is “fully authorized.”

Drake has yet to comment publicly about the suit; his last tweets, which you can read below, came on Monday and Tuesday when he voiced his concerns in the spirit of “#protectingthefans”.

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