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Nicki Minaj Dragged into Ex-Stylist's Legal Battle Over Alleged Unpaid Music Video Workers

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By Ryan Naumann

Nicki Minaj is being dragged into another legal battle filed against her former stylist, with the rapper now at the center of a case over unpaid music video workers.

According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Martha Chery and Sam Woolf, fashion stylists and consultants, are suing Minaj’s former stylist Maher Jridi and Wilhemnia Models. Cherry was first hired by the defendants as a stylist for Nicki Minaj on the set of Jason DeRulo’s music video “Swa Lah” in February 2017. She worked for several days at the promised rate of $500 a day. She was also to be reimbursed for any expenses.

She invoiced Jridi for the Minaj work and was promised she would be paid. However, before receiving the payment she was hired to work on three other videos with him.

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Cherry then worked for Jridi as a stylist assistant for five days in New York, New York and five days in Miami, Florida on Minaj’s videos titled “Make Love” with Gucci Mane and “You Da Baddest" with Future.

She invoiced Jridi for the additional work, and then was asked to work for fifteen additional days in New York and Paris for Minaj’s appearance at Paris Fashion Week and a concert performance. The stylist then worked on Minaj’s video shoot for “No Frauds” in the U.K., and invoiced for all the work done.

She claims despite working 36.5 days she was never paid $18,250 for her services and $1,389.12 for unreimbursed expenses.

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Sam Woolf also claims to have been hired for the same rate and worked from July 2017 until November 2017.

Woolf claims, “Some of the projects and events where Woolf performed work for Defendants include, but are not limited to: Rake it Up music video, Swish Swish Bish music video, Quality Control music video, the Video Music Awards, Mercedes Tidal commercial (the “Madrid project”), New York Fashion Week, T Magazine project, Paper Magazine photo shoot and the No Flags music video.

The stylist claimed to have demanded $5,500 in payment but Jridi has refused to pay. They are suing for the unpaid money owed plus unspecified damages.

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The unpaid invoices could be related to Jridi’s own legal battle with Minaj. Jridi sued Minaj first, accusing her of refusing to return expensive clothes he had borrowed from a third party.

The stylist says he worked with Minaj during 2017 and claims to have rented a bunch of outfits from a wardrobe company for her. He claims to have spent thousands on the rental clothes but never was reimbursed.

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In his suit, he explained since he never returned the clothing, the company sued him and won a $74k judgment. The stylist accused Minaj of refusing to pay the bill and causing him emotional damage.

Minaj counter-sued him claiming she overpaid him to the tune of $12,000 and said he promised to repay but never did. She denied his claims of refusing to return clothes and demanded his suit be dismissed.

The case is ongoing.

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