Jay-Z accused of stealing design

Aug. 13, 2006 at 7:22 PM

NEW YORK, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- An interior designer charges rapper Jay-Z reproduced his designs without permission, in a lawsuit filed in New York.

Ilan Waisbod said he designed the interior of Jay-Z's 40/40 Club in Manhattan -- complete with flat-screen TV, hanging chairs and a Lucite safe guarding the cognac. In the suit filed last week, Waisbod claims Jay-Z used similar designs for a second 40/40 Club in Atlantic City, the New York Post reported.

Jay-Z, born Shawn Carter, is planning to open clubs with similar interiors in Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Singapore -- a violation of the club's agreement with Waisbod's design firm, Studio Gaia, the law suit claims.

The club has a history of non-payment and bounced checks -- stiffing three contractors prior to its opening in 2002 -- and even bounced its check to the State Liquor Authority for a license to sell alcohol, TheSmokingGun.com reported.

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