A Los Angeles judge has issued a warrant of $10,000 [£7,700] for the arrest of rapper Tyga, after he failed to show for a court hearing in Santa Monica on 9 August.
Tyga – born Michael Ray Stevenson – was due to appear in court on Tuesday morning to account for his finances, which have remained a mystery for several years.
According to court documents, the 26-year-old failed to pay a $480,000 [£368,000] judgement against him for reported damage at the Malibu home he rented back in 2011.
In the case against the ‘Rack City’ rapper, the attorney for his former landlord has said that Tyga missed a $16,000 [£12,000] monthly payment and broke the conditions of lease.
Owners of the Malibu property found alterations to the home that had not been approved – including a dance pole in the master bedroom and damage to glass tiles in both of the master bathroom’s showers.
Tyga has refused to pay, claiming insufficient funds. Despite his claim, the recent purchase of a $200,000 [£153,000] Mercedes as an early birthday present for his on-and-off-again girlfriend, Kylie Jenner, has not worked in his favour.
The property owner’s attorney has inquired for the youngest Jenner to appear for questioning, to see where the money used to purchase the car originated from.
The former landlord has called Tyga’s actions a “fraudulent transfer of assets that should go toward satisfying the $480,000 judgement”.
“What we’re asking for is any asset that’s transferred since 20 July, when this has been served. The law allows us to take possession, to use it to satisfy any outstanding judgments”, said Boris Treyzon, an attorney for the rapper’s former landlord.
“To the extent the car was onetime owned by Mr. Stevenson, it has been transferred for no payment”, Treyzon said. “We will ask for the car to be returned and turned over to our client”.