Megan Thee Stallion Shines Bright Like A Diamond At LA Pride Show As 1501 Rejects Her Deposition Demands

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Megan Thee Stallion performs onstage during the 2023 LA Pride in the Park Festival at Los Angeles Historical Park on June 09, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)
Carl Crawford's 1501 Certified Entertainment is claiming a case of "mistaken identity" by MTS and her attorneys.

Megan Thee Stallion markedly hit the stage at Los Angeles' Pride in the Park this weekend. While she was happy to twerk up a storm for the LGBTQ community, her mind was riddled with legal woes. The Houston native is gearing up to face off against 1501 Certified Entertainment, her former label, in court. However, a recent deposition sent to head Carl Crawford from MTS' attorneys has reportedly been declined.

According to documents obtained by Radar Online, Crawford and 1501 have filed a motion which denies employing Darien Smith at the label. They do have a working relationship, though Smith is reportedly an independent contractor who manages one of their artists but is otherwise not affiliated with Carl's company. In addition, the 1501 leader pointed out that the deposition seemingly confuses "Darien Smith" and "Darrian Smith"

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"The label said it has never refused ‘to produce a corporate representative’ to testify regarding its publishing claim. Instead, 1501 has repeatedly asked [Megan’s] counsel to articulate what testimony [Megan] is seeking so that it might present an appropriate witness," Radar Online reported earlier this week. It seems the next steps will be for the "Big Ole Freak" artist's lawyers to personally subpoena "Darien Smith," seeing as he's not employed at Thee Stallion's former label.

While the latest update in her legal battle is surely an annoying one, the southern superstar didn't let it get in the way of her set on Friday (June 9) night. Her stage costume had her shining bright like a diamond while dancing along to hits like "Body" and "WAP," all while the crowd proudly cheered her on. She may not have plans to release new music anytime soon, but Thee Hotties are still showing out loudly and proudly in support of their coach.

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Hayley Hynes is the former Weekend Managing Editor of HotNewHipHop, she stepped down after two years in 2024 to pursue other creative opportunities but remains on staff part-time to cover music, gossip, and pop culture news. Currently, she contributes similar content on Blavity and 21Ninety, as well as on her personal blog where she also offers tarot/astrology services. Hayley resides on the western side of Canada, previously spending a year in Vancouver to study Fashion Marketing at Blanche Macdonald Centre and Journalism at Mount Royal University in Calgary before that. She's passionate about helping others heal through storytelling, and shares much more about her life on Instagram @hayleyhynes.