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Thursday 25 December 2014

Drake ‘sued by stylist’

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Drake is reportedly being sued by stylist Michael Raphael for $70,000 in unpaid wages and other expenses.

The rapper, real name Aubrey Drake Graham, has been accused of failing to pay over $70,000 in fees and expenses to Michael Raphael.

According to the New York Daily News, the fashion consultant recently filed a formal complaint against the 26-year-old performer at Manhattan Supreme Court.

Raphael owns high-end Manhattan boutique Rest Store, where Drake allegedly made frequent appointments.

The fashion expert provides custom jewellery, clothing and artwork, and the pair are said to have "spoke at length about these creations" (sic).

According to the paper, Raphael was a offered $39,553 gig to help The Motto rapper with his look.

He also claims money is owed for advice he gave the emcee last August about his “brand direction”.

The pair reportedly worked together to plan Drake’s look at several high-profile events.

Raphael claims to have travelled to Los Angeles to work on the rapper’s F**king Problems music video and alleges he’s also owed funds for "wardrobe styling" Drake’s appearance at the American Music Awards last November, when one of his employees allegedly flew a "custom-designed chain and pendant" across the US at the rapper’s request.

The stylist also claims he was asked to rent an apartment in Toronto, where the Canadian star was spending the majority of his time during their work relationship.

Raphael claims was not reimbursed despite reaching an agreement with Drake about repayment.

He also alleges he is owed thousands of dollars for buying items at Foot Locker, Nike, and J. Crew for his former client.

Drake has yet to respond publicly to reports of the legal filing.

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