UPDATED Jan. 30, 12:16 p.m. ET: Social media star and friend-of-Logic George DeNoto posted a note on Twitter in response to reports of Logic scamming his way onto the tanker Mary A. Whalen in order to film a video for free. DeNoto confirmed that the video's team erroneously said they were working on a "school project," but that they only did it because they "thought it would be funny for the video." He figured, once the truth was revealed, that the nonprofit that runs the tanker would be "elated, happy, and proud" to have their boat "shouted out" by "an artist whose message is Peace and Love."
"[I'm] sure when Logic and his team catch wind of this, they will handle the matter," he continued.
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This alleged lie may cost Logic big time. The 28-year-old rapper, who performed at the Grammys last night, could be in trouble after he supposedly misrepresented himself to film his music video for "Super Mario World."
At the end of the 2016 video, Logic is seen telling a then-anonymous woman he was filming "a summer-school project." But it turns out that the twist ending wasn't staged. Now the woman who let Logic and an anonymous person dressed in a Super Mario outfit dance on top of her oil tanker is crying foul.
Carolina Salguero, the founder and president of a Brooklyn-based nonprofit, PortSide, which operates the oil tanker called Mary A. Whalen, said that she "trusted" Logic and didn't know that he was a famous rapper.
"I looked at Logic; he’s so scrawny, I mistook for him a high school student," she told IndieWire. "I thought the videographer [Justin Fleischer] was his dad, graying hair at the temples, and his friend was dressed in the [beat-up] Super Mario costume—I was busy and trusted I was helping high school students."
Back in December 2016, Salguero reached out to Logic's Visionary Music Group to seek payment for using her location. Logic's manager Harrison Remler reportedly told her to wait until after the holidays. "UMG Def Jam, Logic’s label handles all budgets for his video shoot and we can revisit a cost in the new year," he reportedly said. "Their offices are closed until early January. We are confident we can get some funds your way."
Now, a little over a year later, Salguero said that she has yet to receive payment.