Timbaland denies refusing to perform at Flint benefit due to lack of champagne on rider

The fundraiser was in aid of Flint residents

Timbaland, the producer who has worked with everyone from Jay Z to Justin Timberlake, has denied reports that he refused to play a charity gig last week because the venue failed to provide free bottles of premium champagne.

According to The New York Daily News, Timbaland was booked for a benefit concert held in Detroit in aid of residents of nearby Flint, Michigan, whose water supply has recently been infected with lead.

Venue promoter Mitchell Jaworski says that the producer refused to perform a DJ set after they failed to provide bottles of Ace Of Spades, the $300-a-bottle (£210) champagne owned by Jay Z.

Jaworski claimed that they provided a different brand of champagne, amongst other drinks, but that Timbaland refused to take to the stage until 1am, when he “just stood there” while another DJ played music.

“They had about 15 bottles of liquor and champagne, which is extremely excessive especially for a charity event,” Jaworski has alleged. “They seemed more concerned about getting every drop of liquor.”

Timbaland’s representatives have refuted the claims, telling Billboard: “Unfortunately, the statement made by the promoter in Detroit is simply not true”.

The statement described Timbaland as an “extremely generous person who agreed to a much lower fee for this event to raise money for the Flint, Michigan’s water crisis”.

“The promoter was fully aware that this was not a full band performance on stage, yet still promoted it as such. The club was still able to raise money for charity, which was our goal in doing this event all along”.

The benefit gig is reported to have raised over $3,000 (£2,100) to buy bottles of water and water filters for Flint residents.