Jay Z’s Roc Nation Files $2.3 Million Counter Suit Against Rita Ora

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 25:  Jay-Z and Rita Ora attend the Roc Nation Pre-GRAMMY Brunch presented by MAC Viva Glam at Private Residence on January 25, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA – JANUARY 25: Jay-Z and Rita Ora attend the Roc Nation Pre-GRAMMY Brunch presented by MAC Viva Glam at Private Residence on January 25, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)

In 2008, Rita Ora, then 18, signed a five album contract with Roc Nation. However, things didn’t seem to go as planned and in December 2015, the singer-songwriter filed a lawsuit against the label, claiming to have been “orphaned” due to the label’s other business endeavors.

It’s now being reported Jay Z called the singer-songwriter the day after the lawsuit and agreed to relieve her from her contract, but filed a counter suit to the tune of $2.3 million which according to Roc Nation was invested on marketing her sophomore record. The point of the lawsuit is to get its money back.

“When Rita signed, Roc Nation and its senior executives were very involved with her as an artist,” states the complaint which was filed in a L.A. Superior Court. “As Roc Nation’s interests diversified, there were fewer resources available, and the company suffered a revolving door of executives. Rita’s remaining supporters at the label left or moved on to other activities, to the point where she no longer had a relationship with anyone at the company.”

Ora’s lawyer Howard King told The New York Daily News  he hopes to reach a settlement prior to the April 19 hearing deadline.

SOURCE: Vibe – Shenequa Golding