Did Timbaland Refuse To Perform At Flint Water Charity Show Because Of Dom Perignon Champagne?

Music producer Timbaland reportedly backed out of a Flint charity show Thursday fter the venue served him the wrong brand of champagne.

According to NY Daily News, the award-winning producer ordered two $300 bottles of “Ace of Spades” champagne at Club Bleu in Detroit. The report states that those bottles were replaced with Dom Perignon simply because the expensive line of champagne was not carried by the club.

The fact that Timbaland would appear and perform was used as a major selling point for the club’s event promotional campaign.

Timbaland even promoted the club event by sharing the promotional flyer on Twitter with his 1.6 million followers.

Club co-owner Mitchell Jaworski confirms that the venue’s contract with Timbaland offered an advance payment in exchange for Timbaland’s agreement to DJ for 30-minutes during the event. He also committed to performing between five and eight songs for the 300 attendees. Since the club was not able to provide him with the “Ace of Spade” champagne, he apparently decided to go with a disappointing “Plan B” approach.

NY Daily News reports that Timbaland “just stood there” on the stage after 1 A.M. in defiance, nodding his head to the music while another DJ performed. The report states that Jaworksi complained about the experience on Facebook — including how Timbaland’s management team reacted.

“His management [took] classlessness to a new level when they said Timbaland did ‘not feel like’ performing. They then insisted that we show them the signed contract for the night and where the stipulation was for the ‘live’ performance. Finally management relented and literally had to wake Timbaland up so he could proceed to stand behind the decks and nod his head for 30 minutes.”

Once the 30 minutes had passed, Timbaland did not speak with any of the club employees while he posed for photographs. The report states that Timbaland disappeared from the venue before 2 A.M.

This apparently was not the first club performance that Timbaland ruined for numerous fans. He allegedly exhibited the same type of behavior during his appearance at a non-charity event held at the CAVO club in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Wednesday. One person commented that Timbaland “didn’t do anything but just stand there and drink champagne.”

Even though Timbaland refused to perform at the charity event for Club Bleu, Jaworski confirmed that he and his entourage managed to go through quite a few bottles on their own during the event.

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

According to Jaworski, Timbaland and his group did not choose to go through a collection of low-priced bottles either. On the contrary, they reportedly went through a number of high-priced bottles — including three bottles of Ciroc, two bottles of Patron, two bottles of D’usse and a single bottle of Disaronno Originale Italian Liqueur — during their stay in the club’s VIP section.

With that type of consumption, did Timbaland at least offer the club a nice-sized tip to express his gratitude for the bottles? The report states that he failed to tip at all. In addition to his alcohol demands, the Grammy-winning recording artist even exceeded the club’s hospitality rider.

The purpose of the charity show was to raise money to purchase water bottles and filters for the city of Flint, Michigan, as it works towards recovering from its recently poisoned water supply. Jaworski confirmed that the event still generated nearly $3,000 to donate to Flint even though Timbaland backed out of his highly publicized performance.

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