It’s costly to act a fool. In Game’s case, it’s extremely costly to do so. Stemming from an incident that occurred in October 2005, a recent ruling by a North Carolina judge will be sure to bring the hip hop artist’s finances to his knees.
MTV reports the details:
On Tuesday, a North Carolina appeals court judge ruled that the Documentary MC pay $5 million in damages to five Greensboro police officers upholding a 2006 ruling, according to a report for local North Carolina affiliate My Fox 8.
The suit stems from an October 2005 incident, when Game was arrested at the Four Seasons Town Centre mall in North Carolina… When Game was asked to leave, he refused and was arrested soon after…
The rapper’s crew filmed the arrest and included an edited portion of it in a DVD titled “Stop Snitchin’, Stop Lyin’,” a documentary-style film Game co-produced. The five officers filed a defamation suit against the rapper in 2006. The suit accused Game and Bungalo Records Inc. (a second producer of the film) of libel and slander, claiming their identities were wrongfully used.
Now, the five arresting officers (Hien Nguyen, Matthew Brown, Ryan Childrey, Romaine Watkins and David Gregory) will receive $1 million each for compensatory damages. The officers are also seeking an additional $10 million in punitive damages, but the appeals court decided a new trial would be set for that particular ruling.
While the defamation suit’s award does seem excessive, anything goes in the court of law with great legal representation. Game has always gone out of his way to be rebellious. If he couldn’t resist the temptation to fill a prison jail or sit in court paying crazy legal fees, then he definitely went about it the right way. Otherwise, the Game could have easily avoided this mess if he had simply stayed out of trouble.
There’s nothing laudable about displaying fiendish behavior for the world to see either. He would have been better off moving on from the situation and learning to be less aggressive with the law. Instead, he had to undermine the officers involved and additionally profit from the clip featured in a documentary (centered around a horrible message to “stop snitchin”). Well, the police officers got the last laugh. That’s for sure.
There’s no way the Game has $5 million to pay for anything. With a stifled career and limited funds, we’re not sure what kind of arrangement will be made. This was the last thing he needed. As a celebrity, entrepreneur, or businessperson, it’s important to have legal counsel. Next time, have a lawyer on retainer for legal advice. They could have certainly steered him clear of the mess he put himself in. However, it’s not cool to be responsible. Hence, this big mess of a defamation suit.
Sometimes, it pays to be on your best behavior.
*Image courtesy of Vibe.
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