Tyga's No-Show in Court Lands Him Arrest Warrant

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Tyga attends the Capsule Collection Party at The Blond at 11 Howard Hotel on May 12, 2016 in New York City. 

A Los Angeles County judge reportedly issued an arrest warrant for Tyga on Tuesday morning (Aug. 9) after the rapper was a no-show for a hearing at a Santa Monica court regarding a lawsuit filed by his former landlord.

The West Coast MC (real name Michael Ray Stevenson) is accused of owing his ex-landlord, Gholamreza Rezai, a payment of $480,000 for his Malibu home, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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Tyga has had some fickle financial issues in the past. His 2013 Lamborghini Aventador and 2014 Bentley Mulsanne were reportedly repossessed earlier this year after he allegedly failed to pay the car loan company, Choice Motor Credit, $357,000 and $91,000 on each ride, respectively. 

Among the assets under scrutiny reportedly include the $200,000 black Maybach he recently copped as a birthday present for his on-and-off again girlfriend Kylie Jenner, which she shared on Twitter.

 

In a statement to press, the landlord's legal representation Alexander Cohen and Associates described the plaintiff's complaints against Tyga, including unapproved alterations and destruction of the property as well as unpaid rent.

The statement reads: "Once the Plaintiff took possession of the property he realized that Tyga, without the required prior consent of the Plaintiff, installed a stripper pole in the middle of the master bedroom, disconnected the intercom system of the home, altered the laundry room electrical wiring, removed and/or installed televisions, TV brackets, safe box, security system, and had broken and damaged multiple glass tiles in both master bathroom showers and around the fireplace amongst other damages. Tyga had also literally torn off the automatic gate opener, and severely damaged the hardwood floors throughout the house." 

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An abstract of judgement of $480,285 was obtained against Tyga earlier this year, which the rapper refused to pay claiming poverty. Tyga's claim brought the need for a judgement debtor's examination, a proceeding used to determine ways in which a party can collect on a valid judgment. According to the statement, since July 20 when Tyga was served an order to appear in court, a lien was created on all of his personally property, including any property gifted to a third-party, that could be applied towards paying off his debt. 

At Tuesday's hearing, Tyga had been supposed to appear to answer questions under oath about his property, assets, finances and ability to pay his debt. Since he did not appear, the court found him in civil contempt and issued a bench warrant authorizing his arrest to ensure his attendance in court. 

The statement reads, "It is clear that Mr. Stevenson thought he had better things to do; like buy his girlfriend Kylie Jenner a new $189,000.00 Maybach while continuing to claim poverty. Kylie shouldn't get too comfortable in her new car; it's unlikely to be hers much longer."

Bail is reportedly set for $10,000. Tyga's rep did not immediately respond to Billboard's requests for comment.


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