In a motion for a preliminary injunction filed in Miami on September 8, obtained by rolling stoneGarcia is asking a U.S. District Court to issue an order allowing him to release his own music and avoid the “irreparable harm” he says he suffered as a result of AH Entertainment’s conduct.
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“I am desperate to release music, but have been deceived by lies and falsehoods,” Nio said in a statement through his attorney Edwin Prado.
Court document names Ilianes Ruiz – the current president of AH Entertainment and the mother of the late producer Flow The Movie — as the main defendant. Garcia signed an exclusive recording deal with the company in 2021, when it was managed by Flow, who died in a tragic plane crash later that year when his private jet crashed and caught fire during of an emergency landing in the Dominican Republic. Eight other people were killed, including the mother of Flow’s children and her four-year-old son.
Flow The Movie had worked with renowned artists such as bad bunny and Ozuna, and he produced many of Garcia’s hit records, including “Te Boté.” Before his death, according to the motion, Flow had approved a 15-song LP completed by Garcia and agreed to release it in the first part of 2022.
That plan fell apart after the crash, Garcia claims, when Ruiz took control of the management company in circumstances that Garcia’s lawyers are now questioning. Court documents say Ruiz illegally seized the management of AH, filing paperwork to become sole shareholder, president and resident agent after his death. They also claim that Ruiz repeatedly insulted and denigrated Garcia, refused to approve budgets that would help his career, and blocked the release of the album Flow had approved, costing him substantial money and losses.
Garcia’s attorneys argue that under Florida law, Flow’s estate should have become AH’s sole shareholder, not Ruiz. But who exactly owns Flow’s estate is caught up in a messy family dispute: According to the filing, Ruiz presented a document from July 2016, when Flow was awaiting trial in Florida and had no assets, as his final will of the producer. However, Garcia’s lawyers call the document “dubious”, saying the original has been lost and only one copy exists. Flow’s only daughter is also challenging the validity of Ruiz’s claims in a separate petition and has asked to be named his sole heir.
Garcia’s attorneys also say Ruiz is unfit to chair AH, citing his “general lack of knowledge of how the music industry works.” They say she posted “derogatory and derogatory remarks” about Nio and her team on her own and on AH’s social media accounts, publicly insulting and disparaging him. According to the filing, in private Ruiz ridiculed Garcia and called him a “pendejo” and a “vendio”, and refused to approve a budget for him to perform at Premios Lo Nuestro, costing him a chance to promote his music. The documents also indicate that because of Ruiz, a multi-million dollar sale of Flow’s estate stalled and resulted in losses for other entities and the urban artist. Casper Magico.
Representatives for AH and Ruiz did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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