Iggy Azalea Talks Pending Lawsuit After Her Jeep Wrangler Hit a Skateboarder

Rapper Iggy Azalea sets the record straight on lawsuit involving her 2015 Jeep Wrangler 1 photo
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Because nothing sells better than scandal, celebrities’ misdeeds usually get more airtime than anything else they might be doing at any given moment. Australian rapper Iggy Azalea has no patience for this kind of coverage, especially when it’s not grounded in fact.
On July 22, several media outlets ran a story about how Iggy was on the hook for a $250,000 payoff after an accident involving one of her cars and a skateboarder. The story went back to 2016, when her 2015 Jeep Wrangler, driven by the younger brother of her then-boyfriend, crashed into a skateboarder. The driver apparently admitted on the spot that he’d been Snapchatting, so not really paying attention to the road.

Two years later, in 2018, the skateboarder, Jeffrey Linett, sued Ayoub Kharbouch, the driver. Ayoub is French Montana’s brother, and French is Iggy’s ex-boyfriend. The three would hang out together a lot back in 2016.

The skateboarder claimed negligence and named two defendants in the case: Ayoub the driver and Iggy, the owner of the Wrangler. He also said that he suffered “extreme physical and emotional” pain in the accident, which led to “high medical bills” for non-invasive treatments and surgery. In the initial round of documents, he asked for unspecified damages.

Earlier this week, he filed another set of documents, asking for a specific amount, based on medical bills and his appreciation of the worth of what he’d been through: $250,000. Because Iggy’s name is still in the documents, celebrity publication The Blast said that she, as the rightful owner of the car, was liable for whatever damage the car caused while being operated by another person.

Well, Iggy’s not here for this kind of speculation. “My name is mentioned in a lawsuit from 2016 because I was the vehicle owner of a car that was involved in an accident,” she says on her Instagram stories. “I was not on the scene and I have never had direct involvement in this suit as per the judge's orders – I am not liable.”

The rapper stresses that the lawsuit involves the insurance company and the actual driver, not her. This much is true, as you probably know: if your car is involved in an accident when someone else is driving, the liability for it falls on the driver and the insurance company.

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About the author: Elena Gorgan
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Elena has been writing for a living since 2006 and, as a journalist, she has put her double major in English and Spanish to good use. She covers automotive and mobility topics like cars and bicycles, and she always knows the shows worth watching on Netflix and friends.
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