Trey Songz takes the cash, makes a dash
US R&B singer and actor Trey Songz is a wanted man.
This time though, it's not by desperate women gunning for his chiselled body, but by gatvol promoter Glen Netshipise from The Sands champagne and sushi bar in Sandton, Jozi.
Netshipise, who co-owns the venue, alleges that the muso, real name Tremaine Aldon Neverson, failed to honour a contractual agreement they entered into to perform at the trendy joint on April 26.
Speaking through his PR manager Linda Moeketsi, Netshipise says he is angry and frustrated by the American star's antics - namely pocketing his R70000 and then making a cameo appearance before disappearing from the scene.
"The terms and conditions of the contract were very clear. He came and did some parts of the agreement but when he was supposed to render the main item, he excused himself as if to fetch something from his car and that was the last time we saw him," says Moeketsi.
"It was around 1am when he claimed he needed to quickly fetch an item from his car. That was the end of him. We never doubted him because I worked with him last year when he was in the country. We never expected him to stoop this low," says Moeketsi.
In an attempt to repair their tarnished reputation, The Sands apologised to their patrons and other members of the public who came specifically to see the muso in action.
"The unfortunate incident left young Trey Songz fans, mostly female, upset and irate that he did not even appear on stage as promised. The matter is being handled by the Sands' legal team and is being investigated," says Moeketsi.
"The Sands would like to apologise to all its patrons for this unfortunate incident."
Parts of the contract, of which Sunday World has a copy, read: "Purchaser [The Sands] agrees to engage the talent, Trey Songz, to appear at the following engagement according to all the conditions and terms contained herein."
Some of those conditions included that Trey Songz demanded a DJ booth, a VIP table and three unspecified bottles of beverage and that he would perform for 45 to 60 minutes.
Sunday World saw the proof of payment.
Attempts to obtain comment from the artist via his agent, 313 Media, proved fruitless.