*A former Marine who spent two years driving for Busta Rhymes is suing the former rapper for verbal abuse and back pay, according to Page Six. David Jones, 57, says he was frequently insulted and harassed by Busta over his age.
According to the report, the rapper would frequently taunt Jones when he refused to disobey traffic laws, telling him, “You’re driving your age — I can see that” and also telling Jones that he drove “like an old man.”
Jones’ lawyer, James Montgomery, pointed out that Busta’s anger and aggression is typical, as he is constantly getting into trouble because of his temper. “It’s vintage Busta,” said Montgomery. “This man seems to have a problem with his temper. We all get called names from time to time. But when it’s repeated and repeated it gets to you after a while.”
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Jones drove Rhymes from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on a regular basis for two years. When he complained about being overworked, Busta reacted by shoving him into the street allegedly yelling, “Get your old ass outta here.” Rhymes also reportedly made Jones pay out of his own pocket for substitute drivers when he needed a break during a work day.
Rhymes agreed to pay Jones a salary of $100,000 per year, but Jones claims to have been docked pay for forgetting to wash the GMC Yukon he drove Busta around in. This incident forced Jones to quit. His lawsuit claims Rhymes owes him over $10,000 in unpaid wages and over $20,000 in unpaid overtime.
Jones is seeking $236,064 in monetary damages in the suit, according to the Daily News. The incident comes just a little over one year after Busta Rhymes was sued for throwing a protein shake at a Steel Gym employee. He pleaded guilty to harassment in that suit.