Megan Thee Stallion Granted Restraining Order Against Her Label
Megan Thee Stallion was granted a restraining order against 1501 Certified Entertainment and her distributor, 300 Entertainment.
According to documents obtained by TMZ Hip-Hop, Megan filed the restraining order claiming 1501 made "threatening and retaliatory" moves "to block or interfere with Pete exploiting, licensing, or publishing her music" in the lead-up to the upcoming AMAs on Sunday, November 20.
Filed in Harris County District Court in Texas, the order stated that Megan "provided evidence" that the company "recently engaged and will continue to engage in threatening and retaliatory behavior that will irreparably harm" her music career.
Without providing further detail on what 1501 or 300 allegedly did, the court noted that it filed an ex parte order, a type of emergency order granted without waiting for a response from the other side. It reasoned, "Because there was not enough time to give notice to Defendants, hold a hearing, and issue a restraining order before the irreparable injury, loss, or damage would occur."
It added that voting for the AMAs, where Megan is nominated for Favorite Female Hip-Hop artist against Cardi B, GloRilla, Latto (Mulatto), and Nicki Minaj, closes on Monday, November 14 at midnight. It also explained that Megan "will suffer irreparable harm if her music cannot be used in conjunction with her promotion for the AMAs."
Under order 1501, 300 and anyone acting "in concert or participation with" them are restricted from "preventing or blocking the use and exploitation" of Megan's music in promotional content for the AMAs, including by "threatening or otherwise attempting to intimidate or coerce" third parties not to use it, through November 20. It also sets a hearing on Megan's restraining order request for November 22.
The restraining order is just the latest legal move in a more than two-year-old legal battle that began in 2020 when Megan filed a lawsuit alleging that 1501 founder Carl Crawford tricked her into signing an "unconscionable" record deal in 2018 that was well below industry standards. In the paperwork, the "WAP" spitter claimed that upon signing a management deal with Jay-Z's Roc Nation the following year, she got "real lawyers" who showed her that the 1501 agreement was "crazy."