Widow Sues Twista

Rapper Twista and others are being sued in the death of one of his bodyguards in a September 2004 tour van crash.

The lawsuit filed April 10 in Illinois by Roselyn Dixon, widow of Arthur James Dixon, accuses Twista of wrongful death, negligence, negligent entrustment, negligent hiring and willful and wanton entrustment.

Also named in the suit are Atlantic Recording Corp., Showtime Entertainment Agency, Clear Channel Communications and Showtime’s Otis Bankhead and Rawle Stewart.

Court papers obtained by Pollstar claim Bankhead was driving the van with a suspended license after Twista performed at the New York State Fair’s Mohegan Sun Grandstand in Syracuse.

Bankhead allegedly dozed off near Pennsylvania and the van “failed to stay on the roadway, leaving the roadway not once but twice and colliding with several reflective construction barriers and then a dirt mound, rolling several times, causing its passengers (not the driver) to be ejected upon the roadway and the median.”

The lawsuit says Dixon died as a result of multiple blunt force trauma injuries.