Lupe Fiasco is being sued by the estranged wife of an incarcerated drug kingpin, who claims the Chicago rapper is hiding millions of dollars in various bank accounts to keep it from her during their divorce proceedings.
The 31-year-old is being sued by Inita Patton, the wife of convicted drug kingpin Charles “Chilly” Patton, who is serving 44 years for running a heroin ring.
Patton, who was the rapper’s mentor and business partner, was sentenced in 2007 after being caught with six kilos of heroin (worth approximately $1 million) in 2003. It was reported that Patton had worked his way up to the top of Chicago’s drug industry, using profits from record deals to buy and sell heroin in the city. There was no explicit connection between Lupe — real name Wasulu Muhammad Jaco — and the drug trade, and he was never charged in the case. He even testified at the Patton’s trial.
Patton tried to appeal his conviction in 2010, saying that the jurors weren’t asked if they had any biases against firearms. Patton had a loaded firearm at the time of his arrest. The Illinois Appellate Court threw out the appeal, and the Supreme Court refused to hear it.
Inita Patton claims that Lupe Fiasco conspired with the kingpin to move more than $9 million into various bank accounts in order to block her from making a play on the cash, according to TMZ. She believes that she has uncovered a money trail, and that it went through Lupe Fiasco. She is suing to get what she claims is rightfully hers.
Lupe’s lawyer said that Inita Patton’s allegations are baseless.
“There are no secret accounts and no illicit instructions,” the lawyer said.
Charles Patton was a partner in Lupe Fiasco‘s 1st and 15th Records, and is listed as an executive producer on his first album, Food & Liquor. “Free Chilly,” from Lupe’s second album, The Cool, is dedicated to Patton.
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