Patrick Allocco, the American concert promoter who is being held in Angola due to a dispute over a cancelled Nas concert, says the veteran rapper has returned most of his fee, but still owes $100,000.
Allocco had reportedly given Nas and his opening act over $300,000 to appear at a New Year's Eve concert in Angola that they never showed up to. As a result of the incident, the promoter and his son were abducted at gunpoint by the show's financial backer, and subsequently interrogated for hours in a holding cell.
The United States Embassy in Angola has put the Alloccos up in a hotel in the capital city of Luanda, but a hold on their passport is preventing them from returning home.
To help resolve the dispute, Nas has said he will gladly give back the booking fee. In a new interview with the New Jersey Star-Ledger, however, Allocco says the Queensbridge rapper has so far only returned $200,000 of the money.
"He is supposed to send another $100,000, but now he is reneging," Allocco said.
The United States Embassy and New Jersey congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen’s (R-11th Dist.) have vowed to continue negotiating for the Allocco's release. Nas was unavailable for comment at press time.
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