Jeffery “J-Dub” Walker Says Barry and Jomo Hankerson Stole His Royalty Checks, Stuck Him With The Tax Bill
A former member of P. Diddy’s “Hit Men Squad” says Aaliyah’s cousins fleeced him out of hundreds of thousands in royalties, and then left him with the tax bill, BOSSIP has learned.
Jeffery “J-Dub” Walker, who produced hits like P. Diddy’s “Satisfy You,” and orchestrated Diddy and Jimmy Page’s “Come With Me,” said Aaliyah’s relative Jomo Kenyatta Hankerson conspired with his father, Barry Hankerson, to steal his royalty checks for his work with them on Aaliyah’s songs.
The Grammy winner says he signed with the Hankersons’ Blackground Records in 2000 to produce for Aaliyah, and agreed to split royalties for production, writing songs and copyrights. Walker left the now-defunct label in 2001 after Aaliyah was killed in an airplane crash.
Walker said in court papers obtained by BOSSIP that Blackground Records never sent him royalty statements from 2003 to 2011. But in 2012, the Internal Revenue Service informed him that he owed taxes on $262,580 in royalty income.
He sued Hankerson in Georgia federal court, but a judge dismissed the case, because the judge said the court didn’t have jurisdiction. A source close to Walker told BOSSIP the hit maker plans to re-file the suit in Los Angeles.
BOSSIP’s attempts to reach both Jomo and Barry Hankerson were unsuccessful, but their lawyer, Alan Clarke, said he was not aware of a pending lawsuit, but insisted Walker had been paid.
“We believe there is no validity to the claims at all,” Clarke told BOSSIP. “He’s been paid, and we’ll defend any lawsuit he decides to bring in California.”
Walker did not return BOSSIP’s request for comment.
Records show Jomo Hankerson, 45, has been sued several times over the years for owing money and one lawsuit for “deposit account fraud.” The latter suit was later dismissed.