A federal judge has ordered Jay-Z to appear in court next week to say why he’s dodging a subpoena related to a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation of a company that bought his Rocawear clothing line.

In an order made public Thursday, U.S. District Judge Paul G. Gardephe instructed the performer and entrepreneur, to appear in a New York courtroom next Tuesday to explain himself. Without a good excuse, Jay-Z will have to return to answer questions for as many days as it takes, the judge said.

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Jay-Z sold his Rocawear apparel brand and other assets to Iconix for $204 million more than a decade ago. A statement issued on behalf of Jay-Z by one of his representatives said the entertainer had no role in Iconix Brand Group’s financial reporting or its other actions as a public company. On the other hand, the SEC said in court papers that Jay-Z and Iconix continued some business partnerships after the sale.

This is a serious manner as the the SEC described Jay-Z, as an “important witness” who has “defied two lawful subpoenas,” failing to show up twice for scheduled testimony. The “99 Problems” and “Empire State of Mind” star may have really gotten himself into a pickle.

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