Pras Michel, the Fugees rapper from Brooklyn, is suing after his film director allegedly kept his pirate film hostage.
Pras has filed a lawsuit demanding that the footage from his pirate flick is handed over, or monetary compensation amounting over $70,000.
The Fugees member began working on the documentary that tells about his supposed death-defying run in with Somali pirates off the East African coast.
Michel handed sacrificed 70 grand out of his very own pockets to help pay for filming and other expenses, but since then the footage has disappeared and so has his film director.
In the law suit, the 40-year-old rapper claims he was taken captive by the pirates in 2009, but other reports are calling BS on the “documentary.”
Others are claiming that Pras and his film crew merely witnessed the capture of the Maersk Alabama back in April of 2009, but none of the men were actually held captive.
Either way, the two-time Grammy winning rap star wants what he claims is his and hasn’t be able to get in contact with the film director.
A rep for the film’s director, Marshall Tyler, stated that, “Pras is trying to assert ownership on material that Marshall owns the copyright to.”
The progress of the alleged pirate documentary has been halted, as the men wait for a judge to rule on the matter.
Meanwhile in other Fugees news, former Fugees rapper Lauryn Hill has been having great success on the “Life is Good/Black Rage” tour with Nas.
The two artists joined their styles together and collaborated for the big tour which has many fans coming out to support one of the leading ladies of rap, especially after her unfortunate run in with the IRS.
“I couldn’t ask to be on tour with a more talented artist,” Nas said in admiration of the rap legend. “She’s someone we don’t see tour too much in the states.”
He went on to say that he is happy for L Boogie’s fans because they are really getting quite the show and the opportunity to see her grow as an artist.
“Other tours are great, I get to work with all kinds of artists, this is different because of the black history of knowing Lauryn since the early 1990’s when we were both label mates and going to promo tours together..” he continued. “…her, the Fugees, and me to the point of establishing our names and then touring again. Now, she’s become something else. She’s evolved.”