Word on the sidewalk is that a nightclub owner in new York City is accusing Jay-Z, his crew and a few of his record exec friends of skipping out on a $1,500 bill earlier this year. We hear the owner is pressing charges too.
In February, Atlantic Records executive Michael Kyser and Universal Music Group honcho Shawn Costner invited rapper Jay-Z and his crew out to M2 in Chelsea, NY. But the club’s owner, Joey Morrisey says Kyser and Costner are refusing to pay their $1,500 tab, which had a bottle of Patron and a ton of expensive champaigne on it.
“Jay-Z ordered a bottle of Patron Platinum and some expensive champagne, and everything was going great,” M2 man- ager Dan Develin tells Page Six. “The waitress has known him for five years, and he’s a good friend of Joey’s, so we ended up comping a lot of their bill.”
But when the check came for $1,500 — amounting to less than a third of the tab they’d actually rung up — things got hairy. “Kyser and Costner were making a big show of wanting to take Jay-Z out, so they started arguing over who got to pick up the check,” Develin says. “Jay-Z ended up tipping the waitress $500 and going outside to wait.”
Eventually, Develin says, the two decided to split it. After Costner’s corporate MasterCard was declined, however, Kyser agreed to foot the entire bill.
“Before we could get him to sign the receipt, he left the club,” Develin says. “Of course, we still have his card, so we called up his office, and his assistant told us someone would come by to sign. Weeks went by, and no one ever did. Finally, we got a call from AmEx and were told that Kyser was disputing the charge. When we called him up again, his assistant said, ‘Oh, Michael says he doesn’t actually remember being there’ — which is crazy because we have his card and photos of him and Jay-Z.”
Owner Morrissey said, “We just want to settle this and be done without having to press charges.” A spokesman for Jay-Z declined to comment. Neither Keyser nor Costner returned repeated calls.
Don’t order what you can’t afford to pay for :)