NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Sunday, January 31, 2016, 12:56 AM
Hip-hop producer Timbaland refused to perform at a Flint, Mich., benefit Thursday night after getting a bottle of Dom Perignon instead of “Ace of Spades” champagne.
A charity show for residents afflicted by Flint’s poisoned water supply “was a disaster” when a Detroit club’s headliner, Timbaland, refused to perform after getting the wrong champagne.
The event raked in at least $ 3,000 to buy bottles of water and filters for the tumultuous city despite the multi-Grammy winner’s apparent lack of professionalism late Thursday night, said Club Bleu co-owner Mitchell Jaworski.
The hip-hop producer expected an arsenal of booze for his entourage in the club’s VIP seating, including two bottles of “Ace of Spades” worth at least $ 300 each. Timbaland’s crew was initially given Dom Perignon instead, along with two bottles of Patron, three bottles of Ciroc, two bottles of D’usse and one bottle of Originale Liqueur. They drank that and more.
A benefit to buy bottles of water and filtering supplies for the residents of Flint, Mich., brought in only $ 3,000 in proceeds after Timbaland refused to go on stage and perform.
“They had about 15 bottles of liquor and champagne, which is extremely excessive especially for a charity event,” Jaworski told the Daily News. “They seemed more concerned about getting every drop of liquor.”
On top of Timbaland’s excessive alcoholic demands, his entourage failed to tip and exceeded their hospitality rider during the fifth stop of his “King Stays King” mixtape tour.
Timbaland, second from left, refused to play at a benefit concert and stood on stage nodding his head as another DJ performed.
“It was a disaster,” Jaworski’s wife, Aureila Jaworski, added.
Mitchell Jaworski took to the club’s Facebook page to slam Timbaland and his management, who allegedly tried disputing a contract signed two weeks ago requiring a live set from the FOX “Empire” music producer.
A poster for Timbaland’s benefit concert for Flint water relief promised a live show.
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Timbaland’s entourage required two bottles of “Ace of Spades” champagne and were given Dom Perignon instead.
The contract paid Timbaland in advance to DJ a half hour set and perform five to eight song set before a crowd of about 300 concert-goers. After the booze fracas, Timbaland — the stage name for Tim Mosley — reluctantly took to the stage after 1 a.m. and “just stood there” in defiance. He nodded his head to the beat as another DJ performed.
“His management (took) classlessness to a new level when they said Timbaland did ‘not feel like’ performing,” Jaworski wrote Saturday. “They then insisted that we show them the signed contract for the night and where the stipulation was for the ‘live’ performance. Finally management relented and literally had to wake Timbaland up so he could proceed to stand behind the decks and nod his head for 30 minutes.”
After obligating his contract, Timbaland refused to speak with club employees while posing for photos. By 2 a.m., Timbaland, he was gone.
An email by the Daily News to reach Timbaland’s management for comment was not immediately returned.