The Game Of Assault
Lawyers for Kwasi Jones filed the lawsuit in Prince George’s County District Court in Maryland. It reportedly seeks $280 million in damages for assault, intentional infliction of emotional distress and negligence, according to MTV News.
Defendants named in the suit are The Game, whose real name is Jayceon Taylor, his manager James Rosemond (aka Jimmy Henchman), mentor
The lawsuit stems from an incident at hip-hop station WKYS January 21st, when Jones was there to film an interview with Taylor by DJ Richard Dunkerson. The DJ reportedly made fun of a mobile phone ear piece worn by Rosemond. The manager apparently wasn’t amused and punched Dunkerson. Things escalated from there.
Jones’ lawsuit claims he was choked into unconsciousness by a member of the rapper’s entourage. He says Taylor is now profiting at his expense. A remix of 50 Cent’s song, “Hate It or Love It,” which features Taylor, boasts about the melee.
“As our lawsuit points out, it’s based on the fact that a lot of these record labels and rappers pride themselves on careers based on street credibility,” plaintiff attorney Stephanie Moran told MTV. “Clearly, putting lyrics in the song regarding this incident helped sell records. Artists should not be able to profit from alleged incidents where people are physically harmed.”
A trial is scheduled for June 20th, according to the Washington Post.
Taylor was formally charged with assault and battery February 14th. A warrant has been issued for Rosemond, the paper said.