According to a report by Deadline.com, the two rappers are owed $800,000 plus rights for several past projects. The new lawsuits come as The Weinstein Company – once one of the biggest production companies in Hollywood – is facing bankruptcy after shamed movie mogul Harvey Weinstein was fired following a multitude of serious sexual assault allegations against him. A subsequent deal to sell the company for $500m to an investor group later failed.
Eminem reportedly claims that he is owed a total of $352,000 by The Weinstein Company for the use of three of his songs in the 2015 film Southpaw. ‘Phenomenal,’ ‘Phenomenal 2’ and ‘Kings Never Die’ all feature on the soundtrack of the Jake Gyllenhaal-starring boxing film. The Weinstein Company have reportedly paid Eminem $48,000 so far.
Jay-Z’s lawsuit, meanwhile, allegedly claims that he is owed at least $480,000 by the company. These payments are allegedly related to the documentary series TIME: The Kalief Browder Story and the upcoming series Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story. He is reportedly pursuing payment in two installments of $240,000.