Ex-Employee Claims Financial Fraud Committed by T.I. at Now Closed Scales 925 Restaurant!

Former employee Avery Lee originally filed suit against T.I., also known as Clifford Joseph Harris Jr., and the musician’s business partner, Charles Hughes, in November 2015. Lee was an employee at 36-year-old T.I.’s Atlanta-area restaurant Scales 925 and in the lawsuit he accuses his former bosses of willfully and knowingly failing to fully compensate him for his wages and overtime hours last year.

Lee was awarded a default judgment of $27,486, plus $7,000 in attorney fees, against Scales 925.

However, Lee’s new complaint, filed at the end of May, explains he has not yet collected on the money and he is now suing T.I. to hold him personally liable for the $34,000 he is still owed.

The suit claims Hughes used the Scales 925 bank account as his own, and, at the same time, skipped out on paying workers. Lee also alleges that even T.I. continued to pay himself and take profits despite the dire financial condition the business was in at the time.

The restaurant eventually was closed in 2016 following a number of other lawsuits being filed against the business.

“The extravagant expenditures by Hughes and Harris in up-fitting the premises for Scales, and upon information and belief, Hughes and Harris in paying for their own personal luxuries with corporate funds and continuing to pay themselves unreasonably high salary, while concealing the insolvency of Scales, drove Scales to financial ruin,” read Lee’s suit.

Lee claims in legal documents that the co-owners could have decided not to draw an excessive salary when Scales was losing money and he says they failed to pursue a less expensive rental space, which could have saved money.

Lee alleges T.I. committed fraud and he is demanding the court hold him personally liable for the $34,000 judgment since the former employee can’t collect on the money from Scales 925 LLC due to the fact that the business was dissolved.


  1. TI will get what he deserves sooner than later. Tired of him and his narcissistic behavior.

    • I agree. He is openly betraying, humiliating, and disrespecting his wife; putting his own selfish wants before his kids’ emotional needs; and being rude and nasty to (former) fans. He used to keep his side chicks quiet (even though a lot of people in ATL knew about them). Somewhere along the way, he stopped caring. He definitely has it coming.

  2. Shidd the food was nasty & high as fuck that another reason it was shut down nobody was eating @ that shitty ass place like the rest of blk own restaurants in Atlanta ex. Justin, Frank Ski etc

  3. How many ventures is this man gonna engage in? Now his Hollywood buddy is helping to bail him out by offering him some kind of tv deal.

  4. T.I and some of the other black celebs trying to do the TRUMP …. but the problem is …IT DONT WORK FOR TRUMP …AND IT WONT WORK FOR YOU ….MATTER FACT YOU WILL GET SHUT DOWN BEFORE TRUMP .

  5. I guess he better ask his new hoe for that 100k he tricked on her back, so he can pay his bills…Pay your bills before you buy a whore FRAUD!

  6. Oh Yeah…And no one is interested in your new show with kevin hart..We the public will pass.. Now take this L.. You are irritating…

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