( 4UMF NEWS ) Lil Wayne Sued By Former Driver:
Maybe somebody should have given Lil’ Wayne a lollipop. The short-fused rapper is accused of flipping out and pulling a gun on his tour bus driver last August when he stopped to fill up the vehicle after a concert near Buffalo.
“I want to get to the hotel now,” Wayne demanded, and threatened to beat the driver up, Mark Jones said in a lawsuit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court.
Jones said in the papers he did as he was told but Wayne “did not stop yelling, cursing and threatening.”
Wayne, 32, whose real name is Dwayne Carter but who answers to Weezy, then threated to pistol whip the driver and sic his security goons on him, Jones claimed.
Fearing for his safety, Jones said he pulled over and the “Lollipop” rapper hopped out and “taunted” him to fight. When he refused, Wayne hopped back on and “resumed his tirade.”
When they got to a toll booth, Jones said Wayne once again demanded that the driver get out and fight him. Jones said he refused again, at which point Wayne ordered everybody to the back of the bus and pulled out a gun.
Wayne “then cocked the gun and at close range to (the driver) pointed it directly at him and said, ‘I want to get to the hotel now,'” the papers said.
Jones said he drove the rest of the way with Wayne holding a gun to his head – and quit once they got to the hotel because “he feared for his life” and “was emotionally traumatized.”
The driver noted that during Wayne’s tirade that “all the passengers rode in silence” but at least one of them sent “texts or emails about the defendant’s conduct, including his gun use, to (Wayne’s) manager, Cortez Bryant.”
Bryant was standing outside the hotel waiting for the bus when it arrived, he said.
Jones, who lives in Maryland, has accused Wayne of false imprisonment, assault and emotional distress, and is seeking unspecified damages.
His lawyer Clifford Nelson of White Plains declined to discuss the alleged incident. “We’re going to litigate this in court, not in the press,” he said.
There was no immediate comment from Bryant or Wayne’s publicist, Sarah Cunningham.
Wayne, who is 5 feet, 6 inches tall, has twice been charged with illegal gun possession. The Grammy winner did a year on Rikers Island in 2010 after he was caught with a gun registered to his manager.
The semiautomatic pistol found was found on Wayne’s tour bus in 2007 after cops noticed a strong pot smell and went to investigate.