Promoter Sued Reality Couple For Turning Up In Vegas Instead Of Making Paid Appearance; Judge Ruled Against Them When They Didn’t Show Up For Court
A judge ordered ex-Love & Hip Hop Atlanta stars Benzino and Althea Hart to pay two Tennessee promoters $4,000 after they partied in Vegas instead of showing up for a paid appearance during a ski weekend.
Promoters Caldwell Wright and The Special Event Network sued the couple last May for theft by deception. They said Benzino and “Thi Thi” agreed to appear at the “Ski Event” in Pigeon Forge, Tn. for $4,500. But instead of showing up for the gig, they flew to Las Vegas and spent the night partying, the promoters said in court papers.
The promoters said Benzino and Althea’s no-show meant they had to scramble to find a replacement and cough up more cash to change the event’s advertising. Adding insult to injury, the couple then refused to cough up the promoters $1,750 deposit.
In their own filing, Benzino and Althea denied everything, and asked for the case to be dismissed.
The case was supposed to head to trial Sept. 25 in Fulton County Superior Court, but when the couple didn’t show up, the judge ruled in the promoters’ favor and found them guilty by default.
The judgment is the latest debt the pair – now expecting their first child – have faced since being booted off Love & Hip Hop for fighting Stevie J and Joseline. Last year, the IRS slapped Benzino with a $5.1 million tax lien.