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George Floyd‘s brother isn’t moving forward with legal action against Kanye West — at least for now — but that doesn’t mean Ye’s out of the woods just yet.
Lee Merritt — who’s repping Philonise Floyd — tells TMZ … Philonise is temporarily standing down on his original threat to bring a lawsuit against Ye, Candace Owens and others for pushing the narrative George died from fentanyl, as opposed to the actions of Derek Chauvin.
Remember, George’s brother, and other family members, were incensed after those remarks were made on a “Drink Champs” episode … and Philonise instructed Lee to research a possible lawsuit.
As for why he’s standing down … we’re told Philonise is hitting pause, specifically pertaining to Kanye, because he just wanted Kanye to stop repeating that false narrative about his brother’s death — and that’s exactly what’s happened over the last week and change since the “Drink Champs” episode aired.
Lee points out the controversial episode in question has been yanked and the podcast host, N.O.R.E., has gone on an apology tour for letting Ye speak freely without pushback.
We’re told that Philonise feels like Ye has complied with the demands made in the cease and desist letter sent on behalf of George Floyd’s daughter, Gianna, last week — although, he clarified that Philonise wasn’t really part of that potential legal action in the first place, but supported it from the sidelines.
As for whether Gianna’s lawyers might still move forward with a lawsuit — one in which they said could seek more than $250 million in damages — no word on that front at this time.
Now, when it comes to Candace … Lee says that’s a more difficult case to bring, because her role as a journalist presenting opinions in a documentary about BLM and the conviction of Derek Chauvin is very different from Ye spouting what Lee and Philonise see as lies about the Floyd case.
Either way, we’re told Ye’s good to go as far as Philonise is concerned — assuming he doesn’t start yapping about it again.