Drake has won a judicial battle against a lady who is accused of trespassing on his land.
Mesha Collins was arrested and charged in April 2017 with breaking into the rapper’s home in Los Angeles. Drake opted not to press charges when she was released on $100,000 bail because he believed she was dealing with personal issues.
She sued Drake for $4 billion in August 2021, saying that he defamed her and violated her privacy by posting personal information on Instagram.
Drake’s attorneys refuted the allegations last month, calling the complaint a “frivolous litigation” based on “delusional figments of her imagination.” Collins’ complaint, they argued, was “egregiously false” and was merely another attempt to harass Drake.
According to Billboard, a Los Angeles Superior Court agreed on Friday and permanently dismissed the defamation action on the grounds that nothing Drake tweeted could be linked to Collins in any way.
Judge Virginia Keeny said, “Plaintiff Collins has not proved that any of defendant [Drake’s] statements were about plaintiff Collins or that he exploited her identify, name, or likeness in his Instagram postings or endorsements.” “Even if plaintiff Collins could show that the statements were about her, she has failed to show that they were about a private fact that is hurtful and disagreeable to a reasonable person.”
Prior to the lawsuit, Drake denied knowing who Collins was. “I am unfamiliar with Plaintiff.” In his oath, he stated, “I have never met her and have never talked with her.” “Until this action was filed and served, I had never heard of Plaintiff.” Indeed, until the filing and delivery of this complaint, I had no idea who Plaintiff was, what her name was, or where she claimed to live.”
“I’ve never mentioned or even referred to Plaintiff (by her name, nickname, image/likeness, or otherwise) in any of my music, Instagram postings, or in connection with any items or services that I’ve sponsored,” he continued.
The dismissal ruling was issued under California’s anti-SLAPP law, which empowers judges to promptly dismiss potentially chilling litigation.