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Rapper Gucci Mane Booked Florida Shows He Knew He Couldn't Perform, Lawsuit Claims

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Rapper Gucci Mane, one of the most prolific and controversial rappers to come out of the South in the last decade, has taken legal shrapnel again.

In the last few weeks, he's been arrested and accused of striking a fan with a champagne bottle, sued for overbooking shows, beefed on Twitter over lawyer woes, and now faces a fresh lawsuit for allegedly booking gigs in Florida he knew he couldn't honor.

Boca Raton attorney Marlow Blake, who's representing promoter Stephen Gold, says the rapper committed to two separate shows across the Sunshine State, though his probation restrictions clearly forbade him from leaving Georgia.

Which, judging from Mane's criminal record, appears to be a rather common predicament for Gucci. He's been convicted of battery and possession, accused of murder, and sent to a psychiatric facility.

That not withstanding, Georgia rapper Gucci Mane must have seemed like a reputable business partner to promoter Stephen Gold in fall of 2009. That's when the musician agreed to do two shows and attend an after party in Florida, netting nearly $25,000 in a deposit from Gold.

But soon after, Gold says he jumped on the information superhighway and discovered that Gucci Mane had been convicted in Dekalb, Georgia in October of 2005 on two counts of aggravated assault and served six months in jail. Worse, that meant he couldn't leave Georgia. (Usually, when investing tens of thousands of dollars in someone -- especially if that someone's name is Gucci -- it's wise to take this step before giving them money.)

By then, however, Gold alleges he'd lost more than $175,000 in expenses -- plus Gucci Mane wouldn't give back any of the ching.

Gold now wants nearly $450,000 in damages, and accuses Mane of wire fraud, civil theft, breach of contract, and unjust enrichment.

And a casual perusal of Mane's Twitter account yields yet more plot twists in the apparent downfall of Gucci Mane. It's difficult to discern what, exactly, has Gucci so perturbed, but it involves lawyer drama, and someone named Vito.

Precisely.

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