In 1999, R&B Diva and former reality star Chante Moore told the world that “Chante’s Got A Man”. That declaration became Moore’s biggest hit, charting top ten overall on Billboard and certified Gold by the RIAA. Years later, Chante’s got something else… a case.
On the date of her debut album Precious’s 25th anniversary, Chante Moore released her seventh studio album, The Rise Of The Phoenix in September of 2017. Preceded by the singles “Real One” and “Something To Remember”, Moore was given just that when she was hit with a lawsuit that accused her of her fraud and racketeering.
According to a report by The Blast, Moore found herself “wrapped up in a complicated fraud and racketeering case”. Two men claimed that they were defrauded out of over $3 million and that the funds were used to “open a hair bar in Georgia, buy a house, and support Moore’s career.”
If that was not enough, the lawsuit also claims that Moore was showered with gifts, fund the production of her tour in support of the album which included plane tickets, as well as an extensive marketing campaign.
The report also reveals that Moore’s “significant personal debt” was paid off. For these reasons, the unidentified men are seeking to be rewarded. As for the origin of the funds, the men state claims that they were illegally obtained and Chante was well aware of the fact. The monies “were designed in whole or in part to conceal or disguise the nature, the location, the source, the ownership, and the control of the proceeds” of the alleged illegal activity, The Blast reports.
The claims brought forth by the two men have been denied by the R&B singer, however, and is requesting for the judge to dismiss the claims. The men are also looking to be recouped via the record sales from The Rise Of The Phoenix as they believe the funding was “directly used to finance the launching of Moore’s latest resurgence effort with her new album, including all advertising and marketing efforts put forth therewith.”
It is alleged also that part of the funding used for the album’s marketing campaign were used to “artificially enhance” the album’s purchases on iTunes.
The blowback from the lawsuit caused the album to disappear from all digital streaming platforms. However, hard copies of the album are still available for purchase. The album subsequently failed to chart on the Billboard 200