Louis Vuitton sued over gash at rap bash

via NY Daily News

A veteran rap and hip-hop manager who says he was hurt at Kanye West‘s star-studded 30th birthday bash is suing luxury clothier Louis Vuitton, which hosted the event.steve_louie

Steve Lobel, who oversees the Grammy-winning group Bone, Thugs-N-Harmony, was among the glitterati partying with West at Vuitton’s Fifth Ave. store on June 7, 2007, when a temporary panel fell off the wall onto his chrome dome, the suit charges.

Other high-profile revelers at the party included Rihanna, Sean (Puffy) Combs, Jay-Z, Usher and Mariah Carey.

Lobel is demanding unspecified damages from the company, who, he claims, used unstable wall panels to “obscure the store’s merchandise and create a club look.”

Bone Thugs earned a Grammy in 1997 for its song “Tha Crossroads.” Lobel and the band were in town the weekend of West’s shindig to shoot a video for their latest single, Lobel’s Web site says.

The suit, filed in Queens Supreme Court, also names Manhattan events promoter Tony Berger, of Relevent Group LLC.

“We were aware of the incident. We reported it to our insurance carrier, and it is being handled by them,” Berger said. Lobel could not be reached for comment.

It’s the latest black eye for Louis Vuitton’s 57th St. location. In December, Harlem rapper Jim Jones landed behind bars after beating a friend of rival rapper Ne-Yo inside the store.

A rep for Louis Vuitton declined to comment.

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