Legendary producer and artist Timbaland reportedly refused to perform at a charity event in Detroit that raised money for residents affected by the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, because the club served him the wrong champagne.
The event, which was held at Club Bleu on Jan. 28, raised at least $3,000 to purchase water and filters for Flint residents, despite Timbaland’s alleged behavior, the New York Daily News reports.
“They had about 15 bottles of liquor and champagne, which is extremely excessive especially for a charity event,” Club Bleu co-owner Mitchell Jaworski told the Daily News of the artist and his crew.
“They seemed more concerned about getting every drop of liquor," he added.
The club provided Timbaland with Don Perignon instead of his preferred Ace of Spades champagne, the brand owned by rapper Jay-Z, because they didn’t carry it. He and his crew were also provided with several bottles of Patron, Ciroc, D’usse and Disaronno.
Timbaland and his crew also reportedly failed to tip servers and exceeded their hospitality rider during the course of the evening.
“It was a disaster,” Jaworski’s wife, Aureila, said.
The producer’s contract for the event reportedly required a half hour DJ set as well as a five- to eight-song performance in front of the 300 capacity crowd. Timbaland took the stage after 1 a.m. and reportedly “stood there” in defiance, nodding his head while another DJ performed.
Jaworski took to Facebook to criticize the artist for his actions and slam his management for their handling of the situation.
“His management (took) classlessness to a new level when they said Timbaland did ‘not feel like’ performing,” Jaworski wrote on the club's Facebook page on Jan. 30, according to the Daily News.
“They then insisted that we show them the signed contract for the night and where the stipulation was for the ‘live’ performance," he added. "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.”
By 2 a.m., Timbaland had reportedly left the building
Several Timbaland fans said that a similar experience happened during a non-charity concert on Jan. 27 at CAVO club in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
“The show was a joke,” attendee Ed Kalchthaler wrote on CAVO’s Facebook page, the Daily News notes. “He didn’t do anything but just stand there and drink champagne.”
A CAVO representative backed up Kalchthaler's claims, saying that Timbaland "embarrassed himself" at the venue.
Timbaland subsequently took to Instagram to defend himself to a fan who commented on the controversy.
“I want everybody to think I wasn't suppose to perform think about it,” he wrote in a run-on apology, according to Vibe.
“Why would I do that see what I need to do for now on call these promoter out that not rite for the fans and me now I’ve gave money and came and they ask me at las min sorry to the people who lied," he added.