Rap mogul Jay-Z testified Friday in a Manhattan courtroom against claims he reneged on a deal to promote his eponymous fragrance, Gold Jay Z — insisting he did “a lot” for the launch.
The “Empire State of Mind” rapper, whose real name is Shawn Carter, is named in a breach of contract lawsuit filed by Parlux Fragrances accusing him of failing to push the Gold Jay-Z fragrance line as part of a 2012 agreement. Jury selection in the civil case started earlier this month.
Carter, clad in a black suit and white shirt, entered New York State Supreme Courthouse early Friday prior to the hearing.
“I’ve done a lot for the Gold Jay-Z launch. I didn’t have to show up for one weekend. I had a year to complete these,” he testified when asked about the agreement to make at least three promotional appearances for the fragrance.
Parlux claims in a suit filed in 2016 that Carter, 51, failed to promote the perfume during appearances on “Good Morning America” and in Women’s Wear Daily, as well as refusing to do a promotional spot at Macy’s.
The company claims it lost $18 million because Carter allegedly didn’t live up to his end of the deal, naming Carter and his company, S. Carter Enterprises, as defendants.
Carter, meanwhile, countersued, claiming he’s still owed $2.7 million by Parlux as part of the deal.