*Akon has been ordered to pay $164,786.99 to a company that leased him some space on the 66th floor of the Empire State Building for his fashion line, Aliaune Milano, according to legal docs obtained by TMZ.
The leasing company, GTFM, said Akon agreed in July of 2012 to pay $25,000 per month and was making the payments until July 2015, when he suddenly stopped. GTFM claims Akon’s company didn’t leave the space until January of 2016, owing nearly seven months of rent.
GTFM had sued Akon, but the singer never responded to the lawsuit, so a default judgment was entered, according to TMZ.
Meanwhile, the singer has revealed that his philanthropic venture Akon Lighting Africa had proposed to help restore power on Puerto Rico, but was turned down by the U.S. government.
About 13.4 percent of Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority customers are still without electricity five months after Hurricane Maria. During a TMZ interview posted Saturday, the rapper said his company’s offer could’ve made a diference.
“We actually presented a program for Puerto Rico and we got rejected,” Akon told TMZ. “We have the solution for Puerto Rico, clearly. We would’ve had power up in less than 30 days and they rejected us.”
The job of restoring power initially went to Whitefish Energy, a small Montana-based firm. That $300 million contract was heavily criticized due to the company’s limited experience, its suspected connections to the Trump administration and a lack of transparency during the contract’s bidding process. The Puerto Rican government canceled the contract in late October.
When asked why his bid to help Puerto Rico was denied, Akon said it was a matter of “politics, special interest and propaganda.”
“They don’t care about the people,” he added. “If that were the case, then they would have allowed us to go in and provide the solution.”
Akon’s organization says it has brought electricity to people in at least 14 African countries using multiple modes of solar energy ― including solar street lamps, micro-generators, charging stations and home kits.