August 27, 2013
Stylist claims Drake owes him $70k
Drake’s smooth look doesn’t come cheap — especially if you’re the one dressing him.
According to papers filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, the Canadian rapper owes former stylist Michael Raphael over $70,000 in fees and expenses, the New York Daily News reports.
Last summer Drake hired Raphael, the owner of a high-end Manhattan boutique he frequented, to help him with his “brand direction.” Translation: He hired Raphael to pick out his clothing. Which isn’t as easy as it sounds.
In preparation for the American Music Awards in November, for example, Raphael says he had to travel from Los Angeles to New York just to fetch a “custom-designed chain and pendant.”
Raphael also claims Drake asked him to move to Toronto, but did not reimburse him for rent. Then there were the thousands of dollars of items he bought for Drake at Foot Locker, Nike, and J. Crew. Drake fired Raphael in December, before paying him back any of the money he shelled out.
According to the New York Post, Raphael is seeking compensation plus an award for breach of contract. The grand total: $76,000.