Game’s $5M Owed for Libel and Slander Against Police Upheld

By Lora Neng
February 24, 2012

A North Carolina appeals court upheld the 2010 ruling that Jayceon Taylor, or The Game, will have to pay $5 million in damages to a group of Greensboro police officers for defamation. Five officers had filed a lawsuit against the rapper in 2006 when footage of them arresting Game for causing a disturbance at the Four Seasons Mall in Winston-Salem was incorporated into his film.

The incident was captured by a member of the rapper’s entourage and used as a bonus feature on the “Stop Snitchin’ Stop Lyin’” DVD released by Bungalo Records, Inc. The court found that the footage was “heavily edited” to appear as if Taylor was wrongfully arrested to market the DVD, ruling in favor of the officers, who charged Taylor with libel and slander for the unauthorized use of their identities in the documentary-style DVD. Compensatory damages are to be distributed equally between the five plaintiffs: Hien Nguyen, Matthew Brown, Ryan Childrey, Romaine Watkins, and David Gregory.

According to MyFox8, the officers wanted to claim $10 million in punitive damages, the justification of which the court decided would require a new trial to determine.

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