Court orders Flo Rida to pay costs

THE financial hits keep coming for international rap star Flo Rida after he was ordered yesterday to provide $21,000 for potential court costs after already being ordered to pay more than $400,000 for his Fat As Butter no-show.

The rapper, whose real name is Tramar Dillard, is appealing against the NSW District Court’s decision that he and his Australian agent pay the event’s organiser $380,000 plus costs for breach of contract after Rida failed to attend last year’s Camp Shortland festival.

Justice Anthony Meagher yesterday ordered Rida to provide $21,000 security for Mothership Music’s potential costs on the appeal and stated that the appeal would not proceed until the cash was provided to the court or ‘‘by such other means as the parties agree’’.

Yesterday’s decision in the NSW Court of Appeal also revealed that Rida, who lives in Florida, claims to have assets in his home state worth more than $2million and a tax bill in the US of more than $1million.

Rida was the headline act at Fat As Butter in October last year, with concert organiser and promoter Mothership Music providing him with a $55,000 up-front payment as well as airfares, vehicles and hospitality for the rapper and his entourage. He was contracted to hit the stage at 4pm to perform a one-hour set before a crowd of 11,000.

Fans were outraged when they were told that Rida had slept in and not made the trip and they responded by sending abusive emails to Mothership Music. About 2000 fans left the venue immediately after the announcement.

To win back fans and boost ticket sales, organisers contracted US superstars Good Charlotte and seven other international acts for this year’s event.

That compared to three international acts that performed in 2011.

Rida’s appeal will return to court once he has paid the security.

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