Harrison County

Lawsuit: Junior Galette wants his cash back after spring break concert flopped

In November 2014, Junior Galette was a promising linebacker for the New Orleans Saints but he was released the following summer after allegations of domestic violence. Galette, now a Washington Redskin, says in a lawsuit that he was trying to establish an income outside football when he invested in a spring break concert planned for Biloxi.
In November 2014, Junior Galette was a promising linebacker for the New Orleans Saints but he was released the following summer after allegations of domestic violence. Galette, now a Washington Redskin, says in a lawsuit that he was trying to establish an income outside football when he invested in a spring break concert planned for Biloxi. File

Junior Galette, an NFL player with a troubled history, was looking beyond football when he invested in a spring break concert that coincided with the popular Black Beach Weekend 2017.

“Plaintiff Galette is a professional athlete who understands that the lifespan for professional athletes is short,” says a lawsuit he has filed against concert host and promoter Splash Life Booking and its owner, Ade (pronounced Ah-Day) Kemp, also known as Dae Kemp.

The Saints dropped the promising defensive player in July 2015 — less than a year into a $41.5 million, four-year contract, according to SBNation — amid allegations of domestic violence.

He inked a concert agreement with Splash Life at about the same time he signed a one-year deal to return for a third season with the Washington Redskins for a reported $800,000. Achilles tears sidelined the 29-year-old during his first two seasons as a Redskin.

While he was injured, Galette founded Nula Ent. LLC as a launch pad into the music industry, the company’s website says.

Nula and Galette are now suing Splash Life over his $91,000 investment in Spring Break Explosion, a concert planned for April 7 at MGM Park.

Splash Life estimated the concert would gross $1.25 million, leaving a tidy profit after expenses for Galette and another investor, who were to share 95 percent of the net, the lawsuit says. He claims the defendants breached their contract by failing to promote the concert and deliver promised acts: Migos, a hip-hop trio, and rappers Kodak Black and Gucci Mane.

Migos did perform at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum on April 8 as part Black Beach Weekend 2017.

Galette wants his $91,000 investment back, he says in the lawsuit filed in Harrison County Circuit Court, plus punitive damages, attorneys’ fees and court costs. He accuses Splash Life and Kemp of breach of contract, fraud and theft.

Kemp, reached at his Biloxi office, said he had not seen the lawsuit. He referred calls to his attorney, Corban Gunn of Biloxi.

“We deny the allegations and intend to defend the lawsuit vigorously,” Gunn said. “What Mr. Galette apparently leaves out is that he assaulted Mr. Kemp.”

The lawsuit says Kemp and Splash Life represented that they would sell 6,000 to 10,000 tickets to the concert.

Gallette said he met Kemp at MGM Park two hours before the concert to talk about ticket sales, which the lawsuit describes as “abysmal.” A total of 175 tickets were sold online and 41 “hard-copy” tickets were sold, despite the budget for a “street team” that was supposed to promote the concert.

Kemp handed Galette a bag with $2,500 inside from the hard-copy ticket sales, the lawsuit says. Galette wanted to stem his losses by canceling the concert, but Kemp disagreed, the lawsuit says.

An argument ensued and escalated, the lawsuit says. The Biloxi Police Department charged Galette with disorderly conduct, police said, because he attempted to run when they responded to a call about a fight at the stadium.

The event was canceled. Galette said in the lawsuit he had already paid $40,000 to the headliner, rapper Lil Uzi Vert, withholding the $25,000 due at “show time.”

Galette’s lawsuit concludes that money he advanced for the concert was “expended, transferred converted, diverted, embezzled, mismanaged, borrowed and/or loaned” by Kemp and Splash Life.

Anita Lee: 228-896-2331, @calee99

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