Lil Baby‘s jeweler has officially admitted to selling him a fake Patek Philippe watch, shortly after after the rapper took to social media to call out his jeweler for finessing him to buy a $400K USD Patek.
Over the weekend, Rafaello and Co. released a statement to XXL Magazine, offering their perspective on the situation. Though the company has fessed up and has apologized, their explanation reveals that their due diligence has not been up to par. The statement reads as follows.
“We do stand on our name just like he does that’s why today he got those four rings for free and his money back because we didn’t do our homework on the watch and we take full responsibility for that. But it didn’t happen intentionally and he knows that for a fact. Everyone that knows me knows that I don’t play games when it comes to my brand and especially my client’s brands.
I personally want to apologize to @lilbaby for not doing my due diligence when selling him the Patek watch. I should have inspected the watch after purchasing it from the dealer. I take full responsibility for not doing my job properly. I personally would NEVER knowingly sell him or anyone else anything that is not 100% authentic. I have known @libaby for a while and there is nothing fake about him – especially his jewelry and watches. I want to personally apologize to Lil Baby for what has transpired. Rafaello & Co. took immediate action to rectify this. We worked directly with Lil Baby to refunded him in full and have gifted him rings as a token of our sincere apologies.
We pride ourselves in being an honest business and will take great care to make sure nothing like this ever happens again. To all of our customers thank you for your business over the years and we look forward to continuing to provide the best jewelry and watches in the industry.”
In a now-deleted post on Instagram, Lil Baby shared the fake wrist piece and called out the jeweler in the caption, “Now @rafaelloandco y’all Kno better then to sell ME of all people a FAKE Or anything that could be called a FAKE! I stand on my name the same way y’all should! Ain’t no such thing as a mistake when that money involved!! Don’t Fuccin Play Wit me Cause when I’m on that I’m on that #ansameforyoupussyassn*ggas #dontplaywitbaby.”
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