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Rapper Nas has been hit with a $10 million lawsuit, filed by a concert promoter who claims that he was kidnapped because Nas didn’t show up for a New Year’s Eve show.
Patrick Allocco, who filed the lawsuit on Dec. 21, claims that in December 2011, he was kidnapped in Angola, where Nas was supposed to perform but still took home $300,000, according to TMZ.
Allocco said that he was held at gunpoint and for ransom by the Angolan promoters who wanted the money back. He was not released until February.
In the suit, filed in federal court, Allocco says he wants Nas to pay for the ordeal, claiming that he was beaten and threatened during the 50 days he was held captive. He also wants Nas to pay for the business he lost while in Angola.
Nas said he never made formal arrangements with Allocco. “The business wasn't handled,” he told MTV. “There was nothing sent to me, and there were no flights. By the time he did send money -- he did eventually send money to me -- it was too late to go. I didn't even have a visa to get in the country.”
Nas did return the $300,000 and Allocco was released.
Allocco told MTV that Nas’ version of the ordeal was not true. “Nas put us in harm's way by not showing up and put my son and I at physical harm and at risk by his inaction to fly to Angola,” he said.
TMZ tried to contact Nas, but he did not comment on the suit.