Benjy Grinberg, the former manager of Wiz Khalifa, has issued a statement to the Post-Gazette calling the rapper's lawsuit against him "fabricated" and "deeply disappointing."
In June, Khalifa filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court against Grinberg and the Pittsburgh-based Rostrum Records, challenging the “360” deal the rapper signed in 2005. Along with terminating the deal, the suit seeks more than $1 million in damages, as well as attorney fees and further punitive damages.
Khalifa, who signed with Rostrum as a teenager, contends that Grinberg, as manager and record exec, placed Rostrum’s financial interest over his own in sharing his songwriting, touring and merchandising income for a decade.
In his statement, Grinberg, a fellow Allderdice High School grad, said, "Thirteen years ago, we started Rostrum Records as a label that would support and nurture the artists we believe in. We are very grateful that Rostrum has been able to achieve that goal and provide a strong, family atmosphere where meaningful relationships with the artists is our top priority. To give everything you have to an artist and then to be on the receiving end of a fabricated lawsuit is deeply disappointing. What was alleged is, in fact, the complete opposite of our actions and the antitheses of what Rostrum Records and I stand for. Rostrum looks forward to quickly addressing these baseless claims so we can continue to focus our energies on our artists' success."
Rostrum was also home to fellow Pittsburgh rapper Mac Miller, who released two albums and multiple mixtapes on Rostrum between 2011 and 2013. The label's current roster includes Mod Sun, Donora and The Bird and the Bee.