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'Growing Up Hip Hop' Producers Fire Back At Damon Dash In Court

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By Ryan Naumann

The producers of “Growing Up Hip Hop” are firing back at Damon Dash’s accusations they made his son get drunk during production.

According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Entertainment One Reality Productions are denying all allegations of wrongdoing in the case brought by Dash.

The producers accuse Dash of bringing the lawsuit in “bad faith” and says his claims are “frivolous, unreasonable and without foundation.” They argue any damages suffered by Dash were caused by third parties not them.

The docs state, “Plaintiffs’ claims are barred, in whole or in part, to the extent that Plaintiffs failed to take advantage of any preventive or corrective opportunities provided by Defendant, or otherwise, to avoid the damages about which they complain, prior to filing of the Complaint.”

They are demanding the entire lawsuit be dismissed immediately.

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Back in January, Dash sued We TV, Entertainment One Reality Productions and AMC Networks accusing the defendants of breach of contract, intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligence and fraud.

Dash appeared on “Growing Up Hip Hop” with his son Damon “Boogie” Dash. He claims We TV promised him they wouldn’t let his son drink alcohol on set.

In the suit, Dash accuses the producers of requiring his son to drink alcohol in an effort to increase ratings for the reality show. The Roc-A-Fella co-founder says his family has suffered emotional distress as a result of the producer’s actions.

Dash took issue with the network allegedly owing him money for his appearance on the reality show. He said the network claimed his creditors presented court order seizing his paychecks. However, Dash says his reality show checks were paid to his company not him personally. He believed his checks were not subject to the court order.

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The former music mogul is suing for unspecified damages and attorney fees. Dash is currently facing a separate court battle with his ex-wife Rachel Roy and settled another case with Lee Daniels. He is currently facing another $50 million lawsuit accusing him of sexual assault.

“Growing Up Hip Hop” is a reality show that “follows the next generation of hip hop royalty as they attempt to step outside the shadow of their famous families. Music legends Damon Dash, Rev. Run, Russell Simmons, Master P, El DeBarge and Pepa are always nearby as each up-and-comer tries to build their own life and fortune in careers ranging from music to acting and fashion. At every turn they are challenged with maintaining their own identity while evolving the hip-hop sound and culture they come from. With their love and work lives intertwined and with their overprotective families always nearby, these friends will each face challenging and sometimes surprising situations as they strive for independent success.”

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