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Lawsuit filed, restraining order granted against Colonial Life Arena for Lil Wayne concert

Lil Wayne performs “I’m The One” at the BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater on Sunday, June 25, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP) Lil Wayne performs “I’m The One” at the BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater on Sunday, June 25, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

The promoters behind a concert that featured several hip-hop performers at Colonial Life Arena have filed a lawsuit against the arena to block ticket refunds after rapper Lil Wayne did not perform due to a security issue.

Judge Robert Hood has granted a temporary restraining order to be put in place after the suit was filed on behalf of Victory Promotions LLC and Ben Hated LLC. The TRO will block Colonial Life Arena from issuing refunds for the 2nd annual Fall Ball.

CLA promised refunds for the event after Lil Wayne did not enter the arena. 

The lawsuit also goes into further detail about the night of the performance, saying Lil Wayne was "explicitly" provided a private entrance to the CLA in order to receive a "private metal detection screening."

In a statement on his client's behalf, Joeseph M. McCulloch said: 

Today my office filed a lawsuit on behalf of the promoters of the music concert involving Lil Wayne after two weeks of unsuccessful discussions with the University of South Carolina and Colonial Life Arena officials.

It is a shame that the issue of refunds became necessary due to failed communications amongst University and Arena officials that resulted in Lil Wayne’s inability to perform.

On the night of the show, the promoters offered several alternatives which would have permitted Lil Wayne to take the stage, as described in the complaint filed today.

Had the University acted reasonably on the night of the show, Lil Wayne would have performed and refunds would not be an issue. As a result of the University’s actions in failing to provide a private entrance for Lil Wayne to be screened, refunds may be due to the ticket purchasers, but the University should be paying those refunds from their own pocket rather than the money earned by the promoters.

These matters will now play out in the courts, but ultimately the promoters intend to deal responsibly with the issue of refunds.

However, according to the suit, CLA personnel refused to abide by that agreement before the artist's performance. The back and forth between arena officials and Lil Wayne's handlers went on for approximately an hour before the rapper left the arena, the suit said.

The suit alleges the arena's pledge for refunds has created a "firestorm of dissatisfaction and confusion" against the concert's promoters.

In a statement released Friday afternoon, CLA officials said: 

It is unfortunate that the Lil’ Wayne concert promoters are more concerned about making money than doing the right thing. They have filed suit and taken legal action to temporarily stop ticket refunds.

Colonial Life Arena continues to put the interests of our patrons first and we will continue to push for a fair resolution that includes refunds for those who seek them. We appreciate the continued patience of ticket holders as this process continues to unfold.

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