'Love & Hip Hop' star who sued Tory Lanez says he was coerced into a settlement

Jonah Valdez, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Entertainment News

"Love & Hip Hop Miami" star Christopher Michael Harty has said he was forced into signing a settlement agreement tied to a lawsuit filed against Canadian rapper Tory Lanez because of threats against his life.

The model, nightlife promoter and TV personality, who goes by the name Prince, sued Lanez in 2020 for battery, assault and negligence stemming from an altercation at a Miami nightclub in 2019.

Prince had claimed that Lanez, whose real name is Daystar Peterson, along with his security and staff started the altercation and beat him up, leaving him with bruises and contusions. Harty later added another incident in the complaint, alleging that Peterson's employee punched him in the face at Peterson's direction outside another Miami club in 2021.

The lawsuit seeks more than $30,000 in damages.

However, as the case continues in court, Harty and Peterson's attorneys are embroiled in a battle over whether the case had been settled and should be dropped.

Peterson's attorneys claimed that Harty agreed to settle for $20,000, according to documents filed in Miami-Dade County court. However, Harty and his attorneys have since rejected the agreement and have yet to drop the case, alleging that Harty only agreed to the settlement out of fear for his safety.


Harty alleged in a sworn affidavit that at a June meeting held outside of court to talk about the settlement, Peterson showed up with one of his employees. Harty claimed it was the same employee who had punched him outside Vendome nightclub in Miami Beach in 2021 and made threats against his life.

Both men aggressively asked Harty to sign the settlement agreement, he claimed in court documents. Harty also claimed the man had a firearm that was visible during the meeting.

"I thought that if I did not sign the agreement that my life may be in danger," Harty said in the court filing. "I would not have signed that agreement otherwise."

Peterson's attorneys, Andell Brown and Kadisha D. Phelps, were not immediately available for comment Friday.


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