NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Updated: Sunday, January 31, 2016, 1:47 AM
Hip-hop producer Timbaland refused to perform at a Flint, Mich., benefit Thursday night after getting a bottle of Dom Perignon instead of “Ace of Spades” champagne.
Timbaland refused to perform at a charity show in Detroit, Mich., for residents afflicted by Flint’s poisoned water supply when the club served the wrong brand of champagne.
The event raked in at least $ 3,000 to buy bottles of water and filters for the tumultuous city despite the multi-Grammy winner’s apparent lack of professionalism late Thursday night, said Club Bleu co-owner Mitchell Jaworski.
The two bottles of “Ace of Spades” champagne worth more than $ 300 each were replaced with Dom Perignon because the club did not carry Jay-Z’s expensive line of Armand de Brignac bubbly.
Despite the mix-up, the hip-hop producer and his entourage polished off an entire arsenal of booze in the club’s VIP seating which included two bottles of Patron, three bottles of Ciroc, two bottles of D’usse and one bottle of Originale Liqueur.
“They had about 15 bottles of liquor and champagne, which is extremely excessive especially for a charity event,” Jaworski told the Daily News. “They seemed more concerned about getting every drop of liquor.”
A benefit to buy bottles of water and filtering supplies for the residents of Flint, Mich., brought in only $ 3,000 in proceeds after Timbaland refused to go on stage and perform.
On top of Timbaland’s excessive alcohol demands, his entourage failed to tip and exceeded their hospitality rider during the fifth stop of his “King Stays King” mixtape tour.
“It was a disaster,” added Jaworski’s wife, Aureila Jaworski.
Mitchell Jaworski took to the club’s Facebook page to slam Timbaland and his management, who allegedly tried disputing a contract signed two weeks ago requiring a live set from the FOX “Empire” music producer.
The contract paid Timbaland in advance to DJ a half hour set and perform five to eight song set before a crowd of about 300 concert-goers. After the booze fracas, Timbaland — the stage name for Tim Mosley — reluctantly took to the stage after 1 a.m. and “just stood there” in defiance. He nodded his head to the beat as another DJ performed.
Timbaland, second from left, refused to play at a benefit concert and stood on stage nodding his head as another DJ performed.
A poster for Timbaland’s benefit concert for Flint water relief promised a live show.
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Timbaland’s entourage required two bottles of “Ace of Spades” champagne and were given Dom Perignon instead.
“His management (took) classlessness to a new level when they said Timbaland did ‘not feel like’ performing,” Jaworski wrote Saturday. “They then insisted that we show them the signed contract for the night and where the stipulation was for the ‘live’ performance. Finally management relented and literally had to wake Timbaland up so he could proceed to stand behind the decks and nod his head for 30 minutes.”
After obligating his Club Bleu contract, Timbaland refused to speak with club employees while posing for photos. By 2 a.m., Timbaland was gone.
At a separate non-charity concert on Wednesday, several fans alleged Timbaland displayed similar behavior at CAVO in Pittsburgh, Pa., Wednesday night.
“The show was a joke,” Ed Kalchthaler wrote on CAVO’s Facebook page. “He didn’t do anything but just stand there and drink champagne.”
A representative for CAVO said the venue was rented to an outside party for the concert.
An email by the Daily News to reach Timbaland’s management for comment was not immediately returned.