Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Da Brat Dodges More Jail Time for Cheerleader Assault Lawsuit

Rappers Jermaine Dupri and Da Brat sit courtside during week eight of the BIG3 three on three basketball league at Infinite Energy Arena on August 10, 2018, in Duluth, Georgia.
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*Da Brat has scored a legal victory in her ongoing case involving the ex-NFL cheerleader she assaulted with a rum bottle back in 2000.

Shayla Stevens was working as a waitress at Jermaine Dupri’s Studio 72 nightclub when she and Da Brat exchanged words over VIP seating. The “Funkdafied” rapper ended up cracking Stevens over the head with a bottle during the dispute.

As a result of the attack, Stevens reportedly suffered permanent facial scarring and neurological impairment. Brat pled guilty to aggravated assault and served three years in prison. In 2014, a jury awarded Stevens $6.4 million in damages for her pain and suffering.

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Rapper Da Brat attends "Hidden Figures" Soundtrack Listening Party hosted by DJ Drama with Janelle Monae & Pharrell Williams at Means Street Studios on November 16, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Rapper Da Brat attends “Hidden Figures” Soundtrack Listening Party hosted by DJ Drama with Janelle Monae & Pharrell Williams at Means Street Studios on November 16, 2016, in Atlanta, Georgia.

Stevens sought to send Brat back to jail for repeatedly refusing to pay up. But according to legal documents obtained by The Blast, a judge has denied her request.

Stevens and her legal team were attempting to have the So So Def artist found in contempt for not coming correct with the multi-million dollar judgment and missing a scheduled court date. Da Brat pulled a savvy legal maneuver by filing for bankruptcy, believing it offered protection from current debts and active collection efforts.

Evidently, the judge agreed and everyone seeking money from her must stand down while she’s actively in bankruptcy proceedings.

According to hiphopdx.com, in addition to the $6.4 million, Da Brat reportedly owes $1,255,128 to Sony Music, $12,000 to Ally Bank, $2,284 in credit card debt, and $2,284 owed to the Georgia Department of Revenue as well as an unknown amount to the IRS.

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Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is an entertainment reporter with over 15 years of experience working in the film industry in areas including production and post-production, marketing, distribution, and acquisitions. She has worked for legendary film producer Roger Corman, Quentin Tarantino's production team at Miramax, the late Larry Flynt, MTV/ VH1, Hallmark Channel, Paramount, Jim Henson Co., Parade Magazine, and various LA-based companies representing above-the-line talent.

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