Liza Womack, the mother the late Lil Peep, has sued the rapper’s former managers in Los Angeles Superior Court.
Womack is suing not only for the wrongful death Lil Peep, but also for negligence and breach contract. The rapper, whose real name was Gustav Elijah Ahr, died in November 2017 from a massive drug overdose.
According to the lawsuit, at the time Lil Peep’s death he was “stressed, overwhelmed, burn out, exhausted and physically unwell.” The complaint further claims that the rapper was “impressionable” and that his managers manipulated him into playing too many shows after “plying and propping” him up with drugs.
Womack is not the only plaintiff in the case. The administrator Lil Peep’s estate is also suing First Access Entertainment, which is a management company headed by Sarah Stennett and run in partnership with Len Blavatnik, who is the owner Warner Music Group and Access Industries.
Stennett, who has also worked with Zayn Malik, Rita Ora and Ellie Goulding, signed Lil Peep when he was 19.
In addition to Stennett, the suit named Bryant Ortega, who is one the managers at First Access, and Belinda Mercer, who is the company’s tour manager. It is seeking an unspecified amount damages.
A representative First Access responded to the lawsuit by calling the claims made in the lawsuit “categorically untrue” while calling the lawsuit itself “groundless and fensive.”
Womack also commented on the lawsuit. She said that it was something that she had to do as a mother, and she added that she does not want to see children exploited in the way her son allegedly was.
She believes that both Stennett and First Access “fostered, promoted and encouraged” the use drugs so that they could control Lil Peep, and she thinks that they treated him as a commodity instead a person while pushing him beyond what someone his age and maturity could handle.
Womack’s action echoes complaints issued by the family Avicii following his suicide last year. Avicii’s stepfather blamed the DJ’s manager, Arash ‘Ash’ Pournouri, for , and pushing the young star into suicide.