Tay-K heated up summer 2017 with his single, “The Race.” However, the alleged crimes that were committed around the same time of the song made Tay-K a polarizing figure in hip hop. The rapper is currently awaiting trial for the murder of Ethan Walker who he’s accused of murdering during a home invasion. Now, Walker’s family is suing Tay-K for profiting off of his record deal amid his alleged crime spree.
According to Star-Telegram, Tay-K is being sued for profiting off of his record deal amid the murders he was allegedly involved with. Ethan Walker’s family as well as survivor Zachary Beloate are suing Tay-K as well as five other defendants including five of Tay-K’s six alleged accomplices, 88Classics, owner Joshua White and Tay-K’s manager Eza Averill.
They’ve accused the rapper of elevating his music career with the alleged crime spree before hiding the profits from his record deal with 88Classics to keep it out of the victims’ reach. Both parties are seeking more than $1M in damages.
“The principle behind this case is that people and corporations shouldn’t profit from violent crimes against the innocent,” the plaintiffs attorney Brian Butcher said. “Taymor McIntyre became a threat to society, possibly with the encouragement of others, in order to promote sales of his music. I want those sales to compensate his victims, not to enrich a record company that supports a child thug.”
The lawsuit claims, “McIntyre was encouraged and/or manipulated by his manager and 88 Classic Records to commit crimes in order to promote sales of his music.”
It continues to say, “The transfers were made with the intention to defraud creditors and without McIntyre receiving reasonably equivalent value in exchange for the transfers.”
Tay-K’s profits off of music were listed at more than $236K in court documents. The money was put in an spendthrift trust which Joshua White is the manager of. The lawsuit also claimed that the sale of music right was a “fraudulent conveyance of assets” to avoid coughing up money to creditors and the plaintiffs.
The lawsuit also states that Tay-K’s manager and Joshua White profited from Tay-K’s music, “while leaving McIntyre with insufficient funds to satisfy the claims of the plaintiffs.”