The family of George Floyd are suing Kanye West for $250 million over remarks the rapper made about Floyd’s death during a podcast recording.
During an appearance on US podcast Drink Champs, West claimed George Floyd died of an opioid overdose, contradicting the coroner’s evidence.
A cease and desist letter issued by lawyers representing the family said West’s comments were a “repugnant attempt to discount George Floyd’s life and to profit from his inhumane death”.
Floyd died in 2020 after police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for nine minutes in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The unarmed black men’s final minutes were recorded in bystander footage which was shared around the world online.
Lawyer Pat D Dixon III added: “Kanye’s comments are a repugnant attempt to discount George Floyd’s life and to profit from his inhumane death.
“We will hold Mr West accountable for his flagrant remarks against Mr Floyd’s legacy.”
The mother of Mr Floyd’s daughter, Roxie Washington, plans to file the multimillion-dollar lawsuit on the grounds of “harassment, misappropriation, defamation, and infliction of emotional distress,” the statement said.
“The interests of the child are priority,” attorney Nuru Witherspoon said in the statement.
“George Floyd’s daughter is being re-traumatised by Kanye West’s comments and he’s creating an unsafe and unhealthy environment for her.”
It comes after West sparked further controversy after appearing at an event at the Paris Fashion Week wearing a T-shirt that read “White Lives Matter”.