Paychecks At Restaurant Aren't Bouncing, Flavor Flav Insists

Rapper-turned-reality show star William Drayton, better known as Flavor Flav, right, asks customers how they like the chicken, Monday Jan. 24, 2011, at his new restaurant, Flav's Fried Chicken, in Clinton, Iowa. Flav, who has a culinary degree and restaurant experience, picked this unlikely launch location after consulting with business partner and local restaurateur, Nick Cimino. (AP Photo/The Quad City Times, Kevin E. Schmidt) MANDATORY CREDIT

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By Richard Pratt

CLINTON, Iowa (AP) — Flavor Flav and the local operator of Flavor Flav's Chicken in Clinton deny that some of the restaurant's paychecks are bouncing.

Television station WQAD says some current and former workers came forward Friday to complain as the restaurant held its grand opening.

Flav, whose real name is William Drayton Jr., and Nick Cimino acknowledge some startup problems but deny that workers hadn't been paid properly. In response to the allegations, Flav said, "We do have money in our accounts."

Cimino says he fired 15-20 workers recently for a variety of reasons and says the complaints are merely disgruntled former employees trying to get revenge.

Flav founded hip-hop group Public Enemy in the 1980s and has since found new fame on reality shows.

More on the story from WQAD.

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