Lil Wayne has claimed self-defense in the ongoing assault lawsuit filed by his former assistant Andrew Williams, who sued the Young Money superstar earlier this year for allegedly punching him in the jaw.
Williams filed suit against Wayne, Young Money Entertainment and a company called Signature Flight Support in August for unspecified damages. The incident allegedly occurred on June 10, when Williams booked Weezy a private plane.
Once aboard the jet, Wayne apparently started arguing with the pilot, and Williams stepped in to try and diffuse the conflict before it turned physical. Tunechi apparently didn’t appreciate Williams’ interjection, and turned to him and allegedly connected a punch to his jaw.
In the original court documents obtained by RadarOnline, Williams accused the defendants of assault, battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, wrongful termination and negligence.
“The combination of a closed fist and the numerous rings and large jewelry on the hands of [Wayne] caused great harm to [Williams],” the court docs read.
Williams said he sought medical attention at a local urgent care following the punch, and that the only follow-up he received from Lil Wayne and Young Money was reportedly a letter demanding he return a missing Bluetooth speaker and company backpack.
In newly obtained documents by RadarOnline, Weezy has now claimed self-defense and asked the judge to throw out the entire suit, noting Williams never received any injuries and that he rightfully fired him for not exercising “reasonable care and diligence.”
Williams had previously claimed he suffered emotionally and physically as a result of Weezy’s alleged punch, and said he “incurred general damages including incurring medical expenses in amounts to be proven at trial.” He also cited “humiliation and mental anguish” that he experienced at the hands of the rapper.
“Lil Wayne was willful and malicious and was intended to oppress and cause injury to [Williams]. [Williams] is therefore entitled to an award of punitive damages,” the suit reads, adding that Williams was also wrongfully terminated.
“This termination was done despite Lil Wayne being aware of and causing [Williams’] status as a victim of a crime,” his lawyer added, claiming Wayne fired Williams “based on his race and color in violation” of California law.”
In other news, Wayne’s Lil Weezyana Fest went down without a hitch in his hometown of New Orleans in October, and featured performances from the likes of Rick Ross and Cam’ron, as well as a surprise appearance from Drake.[via]