Lil Peep’s mother filed a lawsuit against Public Access Entertainment for facilitating the drug use that led to his death.
Back in October, it was reported that Lil Peep’s mother, Liza Womack, would sue his former management company First Access Entertainment for his culpable death. Lil Peep (real name Gustav Ahr) died in November 2017 at the age of 21 from an accidental overdose of fentanyl and Xanax. His mother claims that Peep’s management team and First Access executives should be held responsible for facilitating and promoting his drug use during the tour.
After the lawsuit was filed, Public Access issued a statement that Womack’s allegations were “categorically false”. Court documents retrieved from The Blast now include Public Access’ argument as to why they are not liable for Peep’s death. “Mr. Ahr cannot be considered a helpless child in the eyes of the law,” the doctors read. “He was an adult. He was a co-owner and co-controller of the joint venture. This included his tour. As the universities have little control over Having off-campus social activities, the FAE units have neither controlled nor the right to control Mr. Ahr’s personal life, including his drug use, The policy of preventing future damaging factors also adversely affects the imposition of duty Mr. Ahr was an adult. He chose the drugs that killed him. Business partners on market terms should not be obliged to protect one another from harm they inflicted. “
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Womack accused her son’s management team of drugging him and allowing him to perform in a severely drugged state. Peep reportedly asked his managers several times to end the tour due to mental and physical exhaustion, but they pushed him to keep going for fear of losing money. The lawsuit alleges that one of his executives, Belinda Mercer, advised him to take an “excessive amount of Xanax” so that insurance could cover cancellation costs due to illness. Womack also cited another incident when a crib gave Peep a bottle of pills for his birthday.
Despite these claims, Public Access Entertainment believes that they should not be held responsible for “the risky behavior of their adult son and the unfortunate but self-inflicted death.”
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