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George Floyd’s family is considering legal action against Kanye West

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The family of George Floyd is figuring out how it can take legal action against Kanye West after the rapper suggested that Floyd did not die because a police officer kneed him in the neck.

In the last episode of the podcast Drink ChampsWest (who changed his name to Yeh) suggested that Floyd’s death was related to a fentanyl overdose.

“I watched a documentary about George Floyd that Candace Owens produced,” West said.

“One of the things two of his roommates said was they want a tall guy like me, and the day he died he prayed for eight minutes.

“He was hit with fentanyl. If you look at it, the guy’s knee wasn’t even on his neck.”

Former Minnesota police officer Derek Chavin was sentenced to 22 years in prison last year for second-degree manslaughter, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

Footage of him kneeling on Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes sparked protests around the world.

A medical examiner told the court that Floyd’s death was caused by “cardiopulmonary arrest” due to “police restraint and compression of the neck.”

Floyd’s heart disease and fentanyl use contributed to, but did not cause, his death, the medical examiner said.

Civil rights attorney Lee Merritt tweeted that the Floyd family is considering legal action against West.

“While you can’t defame the dead, #GeorgeFloyd’s family is considering a lawsuit over Kanye’s false claims about the manner of his death,” Merritt tweeted.

“Claims that Floyd died from fentanyl rather than brutality, as criminally and civilly established, undermines and diminishes the Floyd family’s fight.”

Meanwhile, social media platform Parler, popular among American conservatives, announced it had entered into a major sales agreement with West.

Parler describes itself as “the world’s first unfettered free speech platform.”

“In a world where conservative views are considered controversial, we must make sure we have the right to express ourselves freely,” Westa was quoted as saying in a company press release.

Parlement Technologies CEO George Farmer said the deal would “change the world and change the way the world views free speech.”

“Ye is taking a groundbreaking step into the free speech media space and will never fear being removed from social media again.”

Twitter and Instagram previously restricted West’s accounts and removed the rapper’s posts after internet users condemned them as anti-Semitic.

He was first blocked from his Instagram by Facebook’s parent company Meta Platforms more than a week ago, after which he moved to Twitter, which was also blocked.

Twitter’s move to block the rapper’s account is noteworthy because billionaire Elon Musk, who has said he will buy Twitter and calls himself a free speech absolutist, welcomed West’s return to the platform and responded to the rapper’s tweet: “Welcome back to Twitter , my friend!”

West has also made rambling posts online before. Earlier this year, he was banned from Instagram for 24 hours after he directed a racial slur at comedian Trevor Noah.

– from AAP

https://thenewdaily.com.au/entertainment/celebrity/2022/10/18/kanye-west-lawsuit-george-floyd/

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