Lil Peep’s mother Liza Womack has sued the late rapper’s agency and label, First Access Entertainment, alleging the company had a role in her son’s accidental overdose in 2017.
According to legal documents obtained by the New York Times, Womack claimed that Peep (whose real name is Gustav Åhr) was “encouraged” by the entertainment company to use drugs while on tour. She also claimed that First Access supplied her son with illegal drugs and unprescribed controlled substances that eventually led to his overdose.
“This is something that I must do as a mother,” Womack told NYT of her decision to sue. “What Gus had to live through is actually horrifying to me, and I’m sure he’s not the only person his age in this situation.”
Named in the lawsuit were First Access Entertainment’s chief executive Sarah Stennett and Bryant Ortega, a member of Peep’s management team. Belinda Mercer, who was hired as the rapper’s tour manager during his last time on the road, is also named as a defendant. According to the suit, Mercer and Peep were in a sexual relationship where the former would provide the latter with drugs such as ketamine.
First Access has since denied Womack’s claims, calling her allegations “groundless” and “offensive.” In a statement, the talent agency called Peep’s death a “terrible tragedy” and rejected any responsibility for his accidental overdose.
“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,” the statement reads. “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.”
Womack is currently seeking unspecified damages for negligence, breach of contract and wrongful death. First Access Entertainment signed Peep back in 2015 and later released his 2017 debut album Come Over When You’re Sober, Pt 1.