August 8, 2016


T.I. Concert Shooting: Troy Ave Sues NYC Venue for Lack of Security

Shareif Ziyadat/FilmMagic
Shareif Ziyadat/FilmMagic

Troy Ave has sued venue Irving Plaza and events company Live Nation over the shooting that left his bodyguard, Ronald McPhatter, dead at a T.I. concert in May. The rapper and two others were injured in the altercation.

Ave's attorney, celebrity lawyer Scott Leemon, told Pitchfork:

“This morning, we have filed a lawsuit against Irving Plaza and Live Nation on behalf of Troy Ave for the lack of security they provided the night of the incident...Troy did not bring the gun into the venue and if the security had done their job none of the injuries, including Troy getting shot, would have occurred. The venue had a duty to protect Troy, as an invited performer, and they failed him miserably.”

Troy Ave, whose real name is Roland Collins, says he brought no weapons into the venue, and that Irving Plaza was "negligent" in searching people going inside. He was arrested for attempted murder and weapons possession and is currently out on $500,000 bail. He has pled not-guilty, and the murder charge has reportedly been dropped.