Party promoter sues over cancellation of event

Party promoter sues over cancellation of event

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BLOOMINGTON - The promoter who organized a hip-hop party that ended in a violent brawl outside a Bloomington banquet hall last summer has filed a lawsuit against the venue for canceling one of his events.

Jerome Wilson, president of Too S.M.U.V. Entertainment Inc., contends Let's Party Rental Inc. committed a breach of contract when it refused to host a similar party about a month after the fight.

Two people were stabbed and five were hospitalized after several fights broke out Sept. 11 among hundreds of partiers who had gathered in a parking lot near Let's Party at 16 Currency Drive.

Bloomington police responded to the melee with guns drawn. Owners of similar venues canceled other hip-hop events, saying the incident created racial tension.

Let's Party called off Wilson's "Dam' Near Naked Party" scheduled for Oct. 7. The lawsuit argues that violated a contractual agreement between Too S.M.U.V. and Let's Party.

According to the lawsuit, Let's Party should pay $3,700 in compensatory damages, $1,400 in lost profits and attorneys fees.

Shelly Troutman, owner of Let's Party, said Wilson's lawsuit has no merit because she never signed a contract. Wilson's contract was signed by one of the facility's employees, Troutman said.

Wilson would not comment on the lawsuit Monday and referred questions to his attorney, Richard Manzella of Normal. Manzella said it doesn't matter whether Troutman signed the contract.

"We stand by the allegations in the complaint," Manzella said. "We believe the contract that was signed was signed by an agent of Let's Party, and is therefore binding on Let's Party."


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