David Darnell Brown, the Nashville rapper who performs under the stage name Young Buck, has sued the Internal Revenue Service over the August 3 raid on his lakeside home in Hendersonville, during which the tax authorities seized many of his worldly goods.
Meanwhile, Brown told fans in a Twitter message today that the government's Oct. 28 planned sale of that property is off:
"Sorry PEOPLE. There will be no AUCTION of my STUFF tomorrow!! Lol!! TRY AGAIN."
In a complaint filed last Friday at U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Nashville and available at this link, Brown argues that the government's response to his tax problems has impeded his ability to make money and pay off his debts.
"The seizure has also created stress within the common law marriage of the debtor / plaintiff which in turn affects his ability to create and publish music," Brown's filing states. "The general personal property belonging to the family is necessary for the debtor's peace of mind to maintain calmness in order to stimulate the creative juices of the debtor.
As first reported by The City Paper on Aug. 30, Brown filed for protection under Chapter 13 of the bankruptcy code soon after the raid. Court records show that he withdrew that petition on September 20 but re-filed, again under Chapter 13, on October 21. Chapter 13 is intended to allow debtors to pay back their creditors under an agreed plan rather than having to liquidate their property.
The new bankruptcy filing lists Brown has having assets of $973,000 and liabilities of just over $1.1 million. Brown no longer lists a legal claim against individuals associated with his former group, G Unit, as an asset he owns. In his August filing, he valued that claim at $5 million.
The IRS claims Brown owes it about $305,000 for taxes due between 2006 and 2008, including penalties, interest and collection costs. On Friday, it filed a motion to allow the planned sale to go ahead, alleging the latest Chapter 13 case was "filed in bad faith." A hearing on that motion took place today. The case record does not indicate the outcome of the hearing, but Brown's Tweet suggests the agency was not able to force through the sale.
Lynda Jones of The Jones Law Group PLLC in Nashville, Brown's bankruptcy attorney, could not be reached Tuesday afternoon. Caroline Krivacka of the local U.S. Attorney's office is representing the IRS in the bankruptcy case.