According to court documents obtained by ET, Womack filed a lawsuit at the Los Angeles County Superior Court on Oct. 7, claiming negligence, breach of contract and wrongful death.
She alleges that Ahr’s managers and First Access Entertainment, turned a blind eye to the state of his physical and mental health, and that throughout the star’s The Peep Show Tour, illegal drug use was “allowed, normalized, and even encouraged and promoted.”
The suit also claims that, despite Ahr expressing his desire to halt touring at one point (explaining that he was “anxious, stressed, overwhelmed, burnt out, exhausted, and physically unwell”), his pleas were “ignored” and his managers instead encouraged him to perform on “stage after stage” after they were done “plying and propping him up” with illegal drugs and medication.
According to the papers, Womack also alleges that one day before he died, Ahr expressed that he did not wish to perform, and was consequently told to take an “excessive” amount of Xanax, so that he would become ill enough to warrant an insurance claim in the event of the concert being cancelled.
Womack is seeking damages, attorney’s fees, prejudgment interest and the costs of the suit.
She told the New York Times that what she saw her son go through was “horrifying.”
“This is something that I must do as a mother,” she said. “I feel very concerned that they not be exploited. What Gus had to live through is actually horrifying to me, and I’m sure he’s not the only person his age in this situation.”
In a statement released to ET, First Access Entertainment described the rapper's death as "a tragedy."
"However, the claim that First Access Entertainment, any of its employees, or Chase Ortega, or anyone else under our auspices was somehow responsible for, complicit in, or contributed to his death is categorically untrue," the statement reads. "In fact, we consistently encouraged Peep to stop abusing drugs and to distance himself from the negative influence of the drug users and enablers with whom he chose to associate."
"It is extremely disappointing that Peep’s mother would file this meritless lawsuit, since she is well aware of the numerous efforts made by First Access and Chase Ortega to steer her son away from his concerning lifestyle choices," the statement continues. "Unfortunately, in spite of our best efforts, he was an adult who made his own decisions and opted to follow a different, more destructive path."
News of the lawsuit came just two days after a new trailer was released for Everybody’s Everything, a documentary about the musician’s life and death.