It was June of 2021 when JAY-Z sued legendary Hip-Hop photographer Jonathan Mannion for exploitation and selling the rapper’s photos without his consent. Mannion was selling photos shot during the Reasonable Doubt era and when JAY asked him to stop, he demanded tens of millions of dollars. In January of last year, a settlement failed and the pair were set to go to trial in March over the matter, but now there’s been some resolution.
Court documents reveal that the pair have been working hard towards a settlement and have asked the judge to vacate the trial, implying they have reached one. They have until the 17th of February to file the necessary paperwork. The documents say that “parties have engaged in settlement discussions and agreed in principle on the terms of the settlement, which includes a stipulated dismissal of this action, subject to execution of a long-form settlement agreement.”
It’s good to see the two legends work this out amicably.