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January 18, 2020

Bossip: Mary J Blige Denies Ex-Landlord's Claims of Back Rent and Trashed Rental Mansion

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Mary J. Blige denies responsibility for unpaid rents and damage to her rental mansion.

Mary J. Blige is being sued by ex-landlord Golden Venus for outstanding rents and extensive damage to the property during her stay.

The R&B legend has denied responsibility for the damage and rents owed and asked the judge for a reprieve.

Mary J. Blige's former landlord, Golden Venus suffered a setback in their case against the R&B singer

Mary J. Blige and ex-husband Kendu Isaacs at a 2018 event for the Elton John AIDS/ Source: Getty Images

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MARY J. BLIGE SUED

Blige has been facing a lawsuit since 2018 filed by her former landlord, Golden Venus, who rented her and ex-husband Kendu Isaacs a mansion in Beverley Hills in 2015.

According to Golden Venus, Blige absconded, leaving a hefty debt in back rents, and substantial structural damage to the mansion.

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MARY J. BLIGE DENIES DEBT

Blige responded to the suit, revealing that she had paid Golden Venus a lump sum when she left the mansion, and she and the landlord agreed to terminate the contract at that time.

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Blige admits that the sum she paid was inferior to the amount she owed, but receiving as a settlement means the landlord, abdicated from any further claim on her.

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MARY J. BLIGE BLAMES LANDLORD FOR DAMAGE

Blige responded to the accusation that she'd damaged the mansion by saying that even if she had, the court case had affected her equally, and she herself had suffered financial losses.

Blige cited Golden Venus’ “unlawful or improper conduct” as the reason for the damage to the mansion but did not go into detail. Further, information may be withheld by the lawyers until the case comes before a judge.

Even though the case names Blige's ex-husband  Kendu Isaacs as a codefendant, her response is made in her name only.

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JUDGE GRANTED REPRIEVE ON $60,000 CASE

Mary J. Blige's former landlord, Golden Venus suffered a setback in their case against the R&B singer when an L.A. judge ruled against them when they claimed that she had not responded and requested a default judgment. 

The judge pointed out that the plaintiff (Golden Venus) had failed to provide the court with Blige's telephone number, a basic requirement.

The failure invalidated their appeal for a default judgment against Blige, who will now have a chance to present her side of the story to the court.

Golden Venus’ civil suit accuses Blige and ex-husband Kendu Isaacs of damaging their rented mansion and defaulting on the stipulated rent.

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