Earlier this month, Digital Music News was first to report that Twitter had flagged – but not removed – a series of antisemitic tweets penned by Ice Cube. Now, the 51-year-old rapper is threatening legal action against two reporters who wrote articles about him – one concerning his “long, disturbing history of anti-semitism” and the other centering on his war of words with CNN’s Jake Tapper.
Ice Cube posted a picture of the full cease-and-desist letter that his legal team sent to the articles’ authors, Marlow Stern and Charlie Nash, along with a firmly worded warning: “Don’t play with me. This is just phase one.” Calling the allegations within the pieces “outrageously false, unverified, and disparaging,” the letter indicates that Ice Cube and his lawyers “are disgusted” that the respective media outlets “chose to publish this garbage.”
From there, the all-encompassing correspondence denies that Ice Cube is antisemitic, pushes back against the “horrific claim” that the California-based artist ordered his crew to “beat up” a rabbi, and alleges that the story “was obviously fabricated to marginalize and diminish one of America’s great Black heroes and role models.”
And after reiterating that Ice Cube has “no biases against any race, creed, color, ethnicity, religion, or gender,” the letter demands “immediate retractions and an apology to Ice Cube.” Without this “corrective action,” the California legal firm Freedman Taitelman LLP will “have no option” other than advocating on behalf of its client “to the fullest extent of the law.”
Notably, the allegation that Ice Cube directed his associates to harm a rabbi comprises a relatively small portion of the article at the center of the controversy, which also explores the rapper’s aforementioned antisemitic memes, song lyrics, and statements.
At the time of this writing, both referenced articles were still live, and neither of the involved outlets (The Daily Beast and Mediaite) had commented publicly on Ice Cube’s retraction request. It’s worth noting that the former outlet’s piece mentioned – but didn’t break – the five-year-old rabbi-assault allegation against Ice Cube, which TMZ first reported in 2015.
Ice Cube personally targeted Marlow Stern in a pair of other tweets, writing in the first: “The statement by Marlow Stern is a fucking lie. I never ordered my security to beat up anybody. Get your facts straight or I’ll see you in court you asshole.”
The second message, which was accompanied by a (poorly edited) photograph of Stern, stated: “This is Marlow Stern, the punk that’s out there pushing that poison.”
More as this develops.