Game Granted Appeal In $5 Million Defamation Case
Rapper Game has caught a break in a $5 million defamation case, as a judge recently granted the rapper an appeal.
Game, born Jayceon Taylor, was on the losing end of a defamation of character lawsuit filed by five Greensboro police officers, who arrested the rapper in the Four Seasons Mall in October of 2005.
Game was in the Four Seasons Mall filming a segment for his DVD “Stop Snitchin’, Stop Lyin,” when security asked him to leave, in part, because he was wearing a Halloween mask.
Game was eventually arrested for criminal trespassing, communicating threats and disorderly conduct.
The footage ended up on the DVD, which was sold nationwide in 2005 and 2006.
In February, a judge ruled in favor of officers Hein Nguyen, Matthew Brown, Ryan Childrey, Romaine Watkins and David Gregory, in part because Game failed to show at several critical hearings.
They were awarded a judgement against the rapper that totaled $5 million.
Last week in the North Carolina County Appeals Court, a judge granted Game’s request for an appeal.
While the judge agreed that Game would be responsible for paying the officers, the amount of the judgment is being contested.
“We must remand the judgment to the trial court so that it may consider whether the evidence of that aggravating factor met the required standard of proof, and so that the judgment may be amended to reflect its determination on this issue,” the court ruled.
The case will soon go to a jury, who will determine the amount of damages Game must pay.