Duke University Won’t Sue T.I. Over Concert
Duke University has decided not to sue rapper T.I. over his early departure from the school’s Cameron Rocks! concert on April 7. According to Duke’s The Chronicle, student union President Katelyn Donnelly met with Office of Student Activities and Facilities Director Chris Roby in the days following the incident to discuss a course of action. At the meeting, the two parties decided that the expense of a lawsuit would possibly exceed any compensation the school might be awarded. Additionally, there is a concern that litigating with Tip’s powerful management firm, the William Morris Agency, could impede the school’s ability to book quality acts in the future. Instead, the school will express its displeasure to T.I.’s representatives, and reevaluate how it negotiates with entertainers in the future. Although she agreed with the decision, Donnelly told The Chronicle she’s still unhappy with the outcome. “I feel that T.I. really disrespected us, our time and our money,” she said. “I’m just as angry as they are and wanted something to be resolved from this.” On the night of the show, T.I. arrived at the venue late and then left the stage after performing for only 40 minutes, despite a stipulation in his contract that he would perform for at least 60 minutes.