Lil Peep’s mother, Liza Womack, filed a wrongful death lawsuit on Monday against her son’s former management team, according to court documents obtained by Billboard.
The news first reported by The New York Times cites that Womack — who is also the administrator of Peep’s estate — is seeking unspecified damages against First Access Entertainment and several staff members for their role in her son’s death. The suit also alleges negligence and breach of contract.
Peep, born Gustav Ahr, died Nov. 2017 at the age of 21 from a Xanax and fentanyl overdose while on tour. The lawsuit targets First Access Entertainment; Bryant Ortega, a member of Peep’s management team; and Belinda Mercer, Peep’s tour manager for his final tour in 2017.
The suit alleges Mercer had a sexual relationship with Peep and that she allegedly provided him drugs such as ketamine. Rather than seek help for Peep, First Access Entertainment CEO Sarah Stennett allegedly gifted the emo MC a bottle of pills during a group dinner. In addition, the documents note that Peep’s drug use continued well into his Come Over When You’re Sober Tour, his final trek.
According to Womack, during a Los Angeles tour stop in May 2017, Peep was “barely able to communicate, let alone perform, due to his use of drugs.” Despite his condition, she alleges his managers still allowed him to take the stage. Womack claims Peep wanted to quit the tour on multiple occasions, but his team shrugged off his pleas and “pushed [Peep] onto stage after stage in city after city, plying and propping” him up with drugs.
Womack also alleges during Peep’s last tour stop in El Paso, Texas, before his death Mercer told him to take “an excessive amount of Xanax” in hopes of getting sick so that insurance would cover his cancellation.
Last November, a year after Peep’s death, Womack and First Access Entertainment worked side-by-side and released his first posthumous project Come Over When You’re Sober 2. The album debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200.
First Access Entertainment responded to the lawsuit in a statement, saying, “Lil Peep’s death from an accidental drug overdose was a terrible tragedy. However, the claim that First Access Entertainment, any of its employees, or Chase Ortega, or anyone else under our auspices was somehow responsible for, complicit in, or contributed to his death is categorically untrue. In fact, we consistently encouraged Peep to stop abusing drugs and to distance himself from the negative influence of the drug users and enablers with whom he chose to associate.
“It is extremely disappointing that Peep’s mother would file this meritless lawsuit, since she is well aware of the numerous efforts made by First Access and Chase Ortega to steer her son away from his concerning lifestyle choices. Unfortunately, in spite of our best efforts, he was an adult who made his own decisions and opted to follow a different, more destructive path.
“After comprehensively reviewing the facts, the Medical Examiner ruled that Peep’s death was accidental; likewise, the Tucson Police Department conducted a thorough investigation and concluded that his death was the result of an accidental overdose.
“While First Access is deeply saddened by Lil Peep’s untimely death, we will not hesitate to defend ourselves against this groundless and offensive lawsuit. We look forward to its swift dismissal.”
Oct. 8, 9:35 p.m. EST: This story was updated to include First Access Entertainment’s statement.
Oct. 12, 5:20 p.m. EST: This story was updated to amend the list of defendants named in the lawsuit.