Drake is trying to put the kibosh on getting deposed in the XXXTENTACION murder trial — and he’s making some legal moves to try to get out of it.
The rapper filed a motion, through his attorney Bradford Cohen, asking the judge to set aside the subpoena requiring him to sit for a private deposition in late February.
As we reported, the judge was persuaded by arguments made by defense attorney Mauricio Padilla to call Drake as a witness in the case. Padilla represents Dedrick Williams, one of three defendants charged with killing XXX. The murder trial for the 3 men began last week.
According to the docs, obtained by TMZ, Padilla sent Drake a ZOOM link for the deposition without putting it under seal, which could have compromised Drake’s security given that he’s an international star.
Several days later, the docs say Padilla filed a notice with the court but failed to include details on how the ZOOM interview with Drake would be conducted. As a result, Drake says the subpoena was procedurally defective.
Per the motion, Drake also claims his name never appeared in the investigative files and there’s nothing to suggest he has any relevant knowledge about the case … he believes it’s unreasonable to ask him to sit for a deposition and says doing so is just an attempt to “add more layers of celebrity and notoriety to a tragic and unfortunate event.”
The judge has yet to make a final ruling on Drake’s motion.