A jury on Wednesday found Celsius guilty of breaching an endorsement deal with Flo Rida that spanned from 2014 to 2018. The jury also found the brand fraudulently withheld information from him.
In a statement, Flo Rida, whose legal name is Tramar Dillard, thanked the jury, the judge and his attorneys, and said he had gained a “new respect for the justice system.”
“It was a long journey, but we prevailed. From the start, I only wanted what I worked for, nothing more, nothing less,” he said in the statement, adding that he was “instrumental in the Celsius you know and love today. today”.
The rapper, known for songs like “Right Round” and “Whistle,” filed a lawsuit in 2021 and claimed Celsius owed him millions in additional stock and royalties under their settlements.
During closing arguments, Flo Rida’s attorney, John Uustal, said his client did not seek a specific dollar amount in his lawsuit, but the 1% ownership that he was promised.
In a separate statement, Uustal said he and his client rely on the jury to navigate the “complex legal issues” involved in the case.
“We said we would trust the jury to do the right thing, we would trust the verdict, accept the jury’s decision,” the statement read. “I’m glad the jury in this case has found that Flo Rida should get what he worked for.”