Posts Tagged ‘attorney

28
Feb
14

Can Da Brat Cough up $6.4 Million for Assault Victim?

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Rapper Da Brat has been ordered to $6.4 million dollars to the woman she hit with a rum bottle in 2007. A Cobb County jury ruled on Thursday.

As you remember, Da Brat, Shawntae Harris, served three years in prison and got another five years for attacking Shayla Stevens, a former Atlanta Falcons cheerleader.

Stevens later filed a civil suit against Harris, and that trial concluded Thursday with the verdict. Harris was ordered to pay $3.7 million in compensatory damages and an additional $2.7 million in punitive damages.

According to Stevens’ attorney, his client sustained lifelong injuries in the assault, which happened at a Halloween party at Studio 72, a club owned by Jermaine Dupri.

“She has a brain injury and is a brain injury survivor,” Mark Link, an attorney for Stevens, told The AJC. “It’s not something that will ever go away. She has a scar on her face. She had so much going for her and for it come to an abrupt stop because of this attack.”

But does Da Brat even have $6.4 million? We’re not so sure. Maybe JD, LisaRaye and Mariah Carey can all pitch in.

What we do know is this wasn’t her first violent incident.

In 2001, she pistol whipped a woman, but charges were never filed.

27
Feb
14

Dame Dash’s Most Explosive Interview Yet!! Businessmen MUST READ!!!

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When Dame Dash talks, you better stop and listen. Not because he’s known to be  a “volatile record label head with a penchant for aggressive persuasion techniques,” as AllHipHop puts it, but because the creative, talent and money  prophet knows good business. And knows that in the business world, you have to take the good with the bad. And no one knows that as well as Dame Dash.

In a recent interview with AHH, Dash not only dishes out tips on how to be a successful businessperson, he finally admits to being the talent sniffing genius behind some of the country’s most talented artists, million dollar brands and profit yielding creative concepts.

At the top of his list, Demand RespectDon’t Invest Unless Your Heart is in it and Don’t be Afraid to sue.

Kevin Hart recently admitted that Dash discovered him, but the shrewd businessman who lives on the motto of “being corporate without being corporate,” also introduced the music industry to three of hip hop’s future game changers, Big K.R.I.T., Stalley and Curren$y.

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Curren$y

In this in-depth interview, AHH states,

By the summer of 2010, Curren$y, Stalley and Big K.R.I.T. performed at Dame Dash’s Blu Roc Festival, made music videos with his Creative Control and were frequent visitors of Dame’s DD172 [ ]. By Spring of 2011, all had signed major label deals. By February of 2012, less than two years after first working with Curren$y, Dame Dash was sued for releasing Muscle Car Chronicles following Curren$y’s signing with Warner Bros, which entitled the label to exclusive rights to his music.

“I only invest in my friends. I didn’t invest in Curren$y, or Stalley or any of them. They were just coming around and making music.”

Back in 2012, Dame’s attorney stated “Curren$y’s defection from DD172 caused my client to suffer damages in excess of $5,000,000 to his business reputation.

“All those guys, I gave them platforms, from K.R.I.T.  and on, but when they got hot, I didn’t see them no more. [Laughs] I don’t know, I must be that creative sucker. They all came through, got deals and never came back and broke bread with me. I don’t know, seems like the artists sometimes turn into corporate once they get with corporate,” says Dash.

“On to the next one,” spitted Jay-Z in 2009 on the Blueprint 3. And Dash has had more successful, as well as bad business deals than any media mogul.

Dash is contemplating on suing director Lee Daniels because of over $2 million dollars he invested in Daniels’ The Woodsman and Shadowboxer. 

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“I put $2 million into The Woodsman. We got our money back and that was my money to flip for my movies.  Then he asked me to put money into Shadowbox, but that was his directorial debut and I was like ‘I need this money to make my stuff.’ He was like ‘I promise you, you going to get your money back.’ Then he did whatever he wanted to do with it, showcase his directing platform. I even introduced him to the people who funded Precious. He didn’t even invite me to a screening, because he knew he had to pay me.”

“On the movie tip, Lee Daniels is on my sh*t list. He’s anti-Black. I don’t like how he does his business.”

On the good side of things, Dame sold his 50% stake in ex-wife Rachel Roys fashion brand to Jones New York  in 2008. He started DD172 and Executive Produced a Billboard Top 10 Rap Album Blackroc in 2009, started motor oil company called Dash Motors in 2011 and opened his first art gallery in Hong Kong, Poho 66 in 2013. But on the flip side his losses have included Roy filing for divorce in 2009, being accused by Beanie Sigel of stealing $11 million in 2010, admitting he owes $2 million in tax debt in 2012, being sued by Curren$y in 2012 and claiming to be in jeopardy of eviction in 2013.

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Rachel Roy

Dash says now he is lining all his ducks in a row, in order to never have to “ask someone to cut me a check.”

He also said that public perception has never influenced his business actions.

And did you know that he actually owns the  Rachel Roy brand?

 “I had to go build the foundation from the ground up with my own money by investing in other companies until I get that money back. It takes a real businessman. You have to remember, Rachel Roy is a $50 million company. Regardless of the work, nobody brings up that I own it. [Laughs] I don’t care. I’m not throwing it around neither. That’s her company. That’s her platform. She does everything for it. But, nobody brings that up that there’s a Black man from the urban culture that owns a fashion brand. But of course culturally, and perception wise to pop culture, they don’t want to make it look like an independent urban man can be in power or have the ability to empower other people.”

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Dash also touches on Def Jam’s successful plot of stealing the Roc-a-fella franchise from him, and soon ruining his relationship with then partner Jay-Z.

Read the full AHH interview with audio clips – All Hip Hop

21
Nov
13

Chris Brown’s Bomb is Ticking! 90 More Days of Rehab; First he Goes off on Mom; Who’s Next?

A judge ordered Chris Brown on Wednesday to spend three more months in rehab after reading a report that said a facility discharged the R&B singer because he threw a rock through his mother’s car window. The facility’s name was not included in court filings.

Chris signed a non-violence contract while at the facility.

The details of the incident were brought up when Brown was in Los Angeles court for a probation hearing, related to the Rihanna beating.

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CAPTION:Chris Brown and his attorney Mark Geragos appear in court on November 20, 2013.

The court document stated:

“Mr. Brown proceeded to walk outside and pick up a rock and threw it through his mother’s car window and it shattered.”

He was apparently very upset about his mother telling him he would have to stay in rehab longer.

It looks like Chris really is a ticking time bomb and if he’ll go off on his mother, it’s (sadly) probably only a matter of time before he goes off on girlfriend Karreuche Tran.

14
Sep
13

Will Jail Time Teach Kanye to Control his Temper?

It is official. Kanye West has been charged for assaulting TMZ photographer Daniel Ramos at LAX airport on July 19. He now faces criminal battery and attempted grand theft misdemeanor.

According to Ramos’ attorney, Gloria Allred, Kanye caused her client to suffer serious injuries. Ramos was taken to the hospital after the incident occurred.

If convicted on both counts, Kanye could be sentenced up to 1 year in jail. West is to be arraigned on October 10th.

Maybe finally Yeezy will learn to control his temper and realize tht he can’t just lash out at people.

05
Jan
11

Lilo-Pallooza! Looks like Lindsay may be Charged With Assault

Actress Lindsay Lohan may be charged with attacking that female employee during her stint at the Betty Ford Rehabilitation Center, police say.

Despite Dawn Holland’s refusal to cooperate with a police investigation, the Palm Desert authorities are now claiming that the actress may have committed MULTIPLE violations of her probation, and are referring the case to prosecutors.

“The investigation determined Ms.  Lohan violated several aspects of her probation, including the battery (charge),” the Palm Desert Police Department said in a statement.

Although it’s not 100% clear on what other terms she violated during her stay, a source close to law enforcement officials claims that she also refused a breathalyzer.

Linday’s probation officer refused to arrest the actress the night of the altercation, which brings wonderment on why police are so adamant about other probation violations.

IN OTHER LINDSAY NEWS…

Daddy Michael Lohan is furious with Lindsay’s acquaintance Linda Koopersmith, who betrayed Lindsay by bringing a camera into the actress’ house hours after she was released from rehab.

“She violated Lindsay’s privacy, safety and the trust Lindsay had for her. How sick is that? Lindsay just gets out and already people are using her to promote themselves and make money.”

Here’s what Lindsay’s attorney Shawn Chapman Holley had to say about it:

“I had numerous conversations with Betty Ford counselors and doctors and it was never suggested by anyone that she ever drank or used drugs. Her discharge letter is totally consistent with that.”

 




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