Los Angeles city officials reportedly attempted to get Nipsey Hussle and his Marathon Clothing store evicted prior to his death. The LAPD also reportedly targeted the rapper as part of an investigation into alleged gang activity at the strip mall in which Marathon is located, but authorities have since denied those claims. Nip's close business partner David A. Gross, however, has claimed that the Los Angeles City Attorney's office tried to convince him to evict the Marathon Clothing store.
"The Los Angeles City Attorney’s office was trying to end us," Gross wrote on Instagram alongside a photo of a letter reportedly sent by Deputy City Attorney Nancy Hagan. "Literally. They wanted to expel The Marathon Store from Slauson Plaza. No doubt, if Nipsey was alive they’d still be stalking it, after doggedly pursuing him, his brother, his team and his businesses for damn near a decade."
"The City Attorney hated (with ALL their hearts) that their maniacal zeal to expel the Marathon Store from Slauson Plaza actually resulted in us buying it and planning to develop it," he contiuned.
Gross said that the city documents were leaked to the New York Times in an attempt to smear him and Nip.
"That caused real problems for me that I still can’t fully address it because it’s ongoing," he added of the leak. "It hurt live deals and brought some to a complete halt."
Gross shared the letter via Instagram over the weekend.
Citing sources close to the situation, TMZ reported that city officials have recently visited the store and requested that they post "No Loitering" signs.
Nipsey's longtime partner Lauren London recently announced that a tower in Nipsey's honor will be built outside of the Marathon Store.