DJ Envy, whose real name is RaaShaun Casey, has filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit that accused him of real estate fraud on Wednesday.
In a lawsuit filed last month, Envy, along with his business partners Cesar Pina and Jennifer Pina, were accused of taking nearly $2 million in investments from plaintiffs, Anthony Barone and Anthony Martini. The two plaintiffs claim that they invested in two real estate ventures, the Taylor Company and Flip 2 Dao, but Envy and the Pinas took the money without following up on the project. They claim that the defendants used the funds to support their extravagant lifestyles and/or to pay off other investors.
Envy is now asking the court to dismiss the case with prejudice. According to court documents obtained by The Shade Room, Envy says he is not (and never was) an employee or representative of the Taylor Company or Flip 2 Dao. He goes on to say that he believes the plaintiffs intentionally included him in the lawsuit solely to exploit the fact that he is a well-known individual and to sensationalize the case.
The documents also include text messages between Anthony Barone and DJ Envy where Barone opened up about the issues he was having with the Pinas. Envy believes that Barone was reaching out to see if he could obtain additional information regarding Cesar and his wife, but Envy explained that he was not involved with the Pina’s with respect to the Taylor Apartments Project and Flip 2 Dao.
Cesar corroborated Envy’s story, agreeing that The Breakfast Club co-host is not, and never was, a member of Flip 2 Dao. He went on to say that Anthony Barone, his wife, and himself are the only members of Flip 2 Dao, however, Flip 2 Dao may have included Mr. Casey’s name in a certain flip deck discussing the business, a move that was done without his knowledge and consent.
Aside from having no involvement with the Taylor Company or Flip 2 Dao, Envy also claims to be a victim himself. He says he invested $500,000 in a separate project with the Pina’s to renovate and reposition a former school into an apartment building. The Pinas promised Envy that they would return his initial investment within one year and would receive a monthly dividend of about $17,000. However, he has yet to receive any distributions or return of capital in connection with this project. They’re set to return to court on September 8th.