Two additional lawsuits have been filed against Louisville native and Grammy-nominated rapper Jack Harlow and Vibes Nightclub, stemming from a shooting at a Derby weekend party that happened last year.
Both lawsuits claim injuries were sustained because certain individuals were allowed to bypass security screenings.
The shooting at Vibes, which is now closed, left Kasmira Nash, a 37-year-old mother of two, dead. Harlow’s longtime DJ, Ronnie O’Bannon, who also goes by Ronnie Lucciano, has since been indicted on charges of murder and tampering with physical evidence. Harlow was present at and feet away from the shooting.
This past December, Nash’s family filed a lawsuit against both Vibes and its owner and operator Allen Evans III, and the next month added Harlow and Generation Now, an Atlanta record label and management and A&R company that Harlow works with.
The two newest lawsuits were filed in the last two weeks.
On April 21, Abelson Barthelemy filed a lawsuit that claims that Vibes, the security team, Harlow and Generation Now hold responsibility for him suffering a non-fatal gunshot wound that night. Barthelemy’s lawsuit claims that the injuries sustained caused a loss of income and were “a direct and proximate result of the Defendants’ failure to provide reasonable, adequate and appropriate security, and a safe environment for its patrons.”
On April 30, Samia Shepard filed a lawsuit that said that she was trampled by members of the crowd after the gun was fired, claiming, “As part of the arrangement for Harlow to appear at Vibes set forth above, Defendants Generation Now, LLC, and Harlow required that Harlow and those accompanying him, including O’Bannon, be allowed to enter Vibes without going through the security screenings required for other guests.”
Vibes and the security team are also listed in that lawsuit.
During the Kentucky Derby this weekend, Harlow is slated to give the Rider’s Up call at Churchill Downs, the command for jockeys to mount their horses right before the Run For The Roses.
Harlow was scheduled to give the Rider’s Up call at the track last year, but he was replaced after the shooting at Vibes.
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