UPDATED A Closer Look at Maurice Williams, a.k.a. Enzo Weinberg, a.k.a. Mr. Iggy Azalea
Azalea got fancy at the Bayou Music Center in 2014.
Photo by Jack Gorman
An attorney for Maurice Lasel Williams, the Houston ex-con claiming to be rap star Iggy Azalea's common-law husband and mentor, says two bond companies illegally revoked Williams' bond in a power-play to keep Williams out of divorce court.
Federal filings in another case suggest Williams -- who legally changed his name to Enzo Weinberg, but which we can't bring ourselves to actually call him -- is full of shit. Azalea sued him in a California federal court for allegedly stealing demos she saved on her laptop in 2008, then allegedly forging a recording contract allegedly giving him the right to sell the songs.
The Houston Chronicle reports that Williams' attorney, Robert Pelton, announced after a court hearing Wednesday morning that "My client is married to Iggy Azalea. Once he filed for divorce, her team started doing all these things that, I think, are corrupt."
Williams was charged with misdemeanor assault in June 2014, for allegedly striking the mother of one of his children. (Dude's been married
three times twice before). Two bonding companies revoked his bond in that case, saying he did not truthfully fill out an application and didn't meet the conditions of the bond.
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A self-styled rap impresario and real estate tycoon, Williams met a 17-year-old Azalea when she briefly lived in Houston in 2008, according to a statement Azalea filed in the California federal case.
"Williams told Azalea that he was a partner in an oil company and that he owned parcels of vacant real estate in Houston," according to Azalea's statement.
"After about a month in Houston, I was running out of money and thought I would have to return home to Australia," she continued. "Williams convinced me to stay by promising to furnish a vacant property he owned for me to live in. He told me I should stay with him and sleep on his couch while he arranged to furnish my own place. I naively trusted him."
But, "almost immediately after I moved my things to his apartment, Williams became aggressive and possessive, and made unwelcome sexual advances. He isolated me and told me to stop communicating with my musical collaborators....When I told him I wanted to leave, he threatened to ruin my career by calling his supposed music industry contacts and telling them not to work with me."
Azalea also claimed that "Shortly after my eighteenth birthday, Wiliams' properties and car were repossessed and he was evicted from the apartment. (In a rage, he urinated on the landlord's property and left dead fish in the apartment building). It turned out that he had no money and no record company. His supposed 'oil company' was being investigated for fraud. A concerned police officer told my mother and me that Williams was using a false name and birthdate, was much older than he said, was married with children, and was dangerous."
Williams' criminal record stretches back to 1990, when he was sentenced to 6 days in jail after pleading guilty to a charge of criminal mischief. He pleaded no contest a year later for attempted car theft and received a probated sentence of 180 days, however his probation was revoked and he was sentenced to 6 years in prison for auto theft. [Update: this sentence was suspended, and he was given 6 years' probation].
It appears he did not serve all 6 years, because he was charged with "robbery-threats" in 1994, but that charge was dropped. He was convicted in 2006 of disorderly conduct and paid a fine; in 2008 he received deferred adjudication for a charge of theft between $1,500-$20,000. Then came the 2014 domestic assault charge, which is pending.
More to follow.
Update, Feb. 18: We just got a copy of Pelton's complaint against Better Now Than Later Bail Bonds and H-Town Bail Bonds. In it, he claims that Azalea hired a private investigator named John Moritz - who's also a reserve deputy Harris County Precinct 4 Constable - to dig up dirt on Williams and use that to influence Williams' criminal court proceedings. The working theory seems to be that Azalea wants to force Williams into jail so that he cannot proceed with his divorce case against her. (We left a message with Precinct 4 Chief Deputy Jim Sumner and are hoping he can address this).
We also left messages for the bonding company representatives Pelton names in the petition. One of them, Better Now Than Later's Marc Metze, is accused of damaging Williams' car. In a somewhat confusing claim, Pelton says that Williams left his car with Metze while he Williams appeared in court for his arraignment, so that Metze could "keep the car safe."
But, the petition alleges, "Metze seriously damaged the vehicle while driving it. When [Wiliams] got the car back, Mr. Metze said that he would credit the damages....Thus, [Williams] was never behind on his payments to Better Now Than Later Bail Bonds, and Mr. Metze knew it."
Pelton did not give us exhibits or documents, and no date was provided and we're a little surprised, since his client is not the most credible person. And it's hard to take seriously the claims of a dude who's trying to sell a sex-tape: Using one of his many aliases, "Hefe Wine," Williams told TMZ in 2014 that he was shopping footage he allegedly shot of him and Azalea.
This is a guy with young children, and he's pulling stuff like this? Eww.
We think Williams has more important things to pay attention to, not least of all the drama playing out in Harris County family court over the custody of his four-year-old son. The boy's mother alleges in a petition that Williams "has a history or pattern of committing family violence during the two-year period preceding the date of the filing of this suit."
She also alleged in a November 2014 affidavit, that on January 2014, Williams "assaulted me by hitting me in the back of my head. He picked me up off the bed and slammed mo on the ground twice. He then head-butted me on the right side of my face, near my eye. He attempted to head-butt me again but missed, and instead hit me in my teeth and cut his forehead as a result. His head started to bleed and he rubbed his bloody face against my face, leaving blood all over me and said, 'see what you did!' He started screaming at me and said that he could make me disappear and he wouldn't caught. Then, [he] said that he 'might as well do it now,' and he started choking me with his hands. When he let go of my neck, he got on top of me and held me down. After several minutes, [he] finally stopped. I sustained a black eye, a knot to my head, and bruises on my arms as a result of the incident."
She also alleged that Williams refused to return their son for two months, but allowed her to have "short visits a few times." Moreover, she claimed that Williams told her there was a "'secret society' who wanted him dead.' [Williams] requested to take one last trip to San Antonio with [the child] prior to this 'secret society' killing him."
She alleged that she believed him and didn't want him and the child going without her. The trio spent time in San Antonio without Williams being rubbed out, but the woman claimed that Williams would not let her take the boy when they returned to Houston.
She claimed that Williams kept her son away from her for two months, and "informed me via email that he and [the child] did not live in Houston anymore." She claimed to have eventually found a Houston address for him, and filed a writ of attachment to force him to return the child.
We left a message for Williams' attorney and will update if we hear back.
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