Waitress Sues Jermaine Dupri, Da Brat Over Club Assault
Â So So Def CEO Jermaine Dupri and longtime associate Da Brat have been hit with a lawsuit over an assault that occurred in Jermaine Dupri's Atlanta club, Studio 72.
Shayla Stevens, a former Atlanta Falcons and model, filed a civil lawsuit in Fulton County Superior Court, claiming Da Brat struck her in the face with a bottle, causing serious injuries.
The lawsuit claims Da Brat, born Shawntae Harris, has a criminal record and violent past record of assaulting other women.
Stevens was an employee at Dupri's Studio 72 nightspot, located just outside of Atlanta.
Stevens lawsuit claims Dupri, a promoter named Joseph London and security personnel failed to protect her from Da Brat during an altercation at a Halloween party October of 2007.
Da Brat struck Stevens with a bottle of rum, causing permanent scars and nerve damage to Stevens' face.
In August of 2008, Da Brat pleaded guilty to Felony Aggravated Assault and was subsequently sentenced to three years in prison.
Upon her release, Da Brat must also serve seven years of probation and perform 200 hours worth of community service.
In 2000, Da Brat was charged with beating another woman with a gun during a dispute in the V.I.P. section of a Buckhead, Georgia night club.
In that assault, which required her victim to receive six stitches, Da Brat was sentenced to 80 hours of probation and fined $1,000.
Stevens, who is suing for an undisclosed amount, is represented by Stephen Apolinski.