Flo Rida Wins $82 Million Lawsuit Against Celsius Energy Drink, Sips Can After Winning
UPDATE (Jan. 19):
Flo Rida's attorney John Uustal has released the following statement to XXL in the wake of the rapper's court victory.
"There were complicated legal issues in this case," the statement reads. "We said we’d trust the jury to do the right thing, we’d trust the verdict, accept the decision of the jury. And it’s amazing how detailed the jury verdict was, how they filled out a complicated and extensive jury verdict in such a way that made it clear beyond any doubt that they understood all the most difficult issues in the case, and resolved them. Some of my past jury verdicts have surprised me at first, but I have come to accept the wisdom of the jury, and in hindsight I have always realized how right they were. I’m glad in this case the jury concluded that Flo Rida should get what he worked for."
ORIGINAL STORY (Jan. 18):
On Wednesday (Jan. 18), the verdict was announced in Flo Rida's case against the drink company, in which the jury sided with the Florida rap-crooner. Video of the "Low" rhymer giving his victory speech is going viral. In the clip, Flo Rida stands behind a podium with a can of Celsius in hand.
"I just want to say God is good, in Jesus name," Flo Rida prefaces his speech before taking a swig from the can. He then begins to thank the jury, judge and his legal council.
According to court documents obtained by XXL, Flo Rida sued Celsius Holdings Inc. back in May of 2021 for breach of contract, claiming the company failed to make additional payments and deliver on shares of stocks based on the contractual agreement they entered into in 2014. Video from the trial went viral last week that showed Flo Rida's hit songs being played in court for the jury.
"This was a long journey, but we prevailed. From the start I only wanted what I worked for, nothing more, nothing less," Flo Rida told reporters outside the courtroom, according to local Miami news outlet NBC 6. "I gained a new respect for the judicial system, most importantly, and I just want to say God bless America."
XXL has reached out to Flo Rida's attorney and the attorney for Celsius Holdings Inc. for comment.