May 9, 2009

Snoop Dogg cleared in fan’s lawsuit

Rapper Snoop Dogg didn't inflict injuries a fan suffered at his 2005 Seattle concert, but his record label must pay the injured man, a jury has decided.

The Seattle jury determined Friday that Snoop Dogg, whose real name is Calvin Broadus, was not guilty of civil assault and battery on fan Richard Monroe Jr., who claimed he was invited to join the Doggfather onstage but then was jumped on and seriously injured by the rapper's entourage, E! Online reported.

However, the jury also found that Snoop's label Doggstyle Records and another performer who shared the bill that night, Soopafly, must pay Monroe nearly $449,000 in damages for medical expenses. Monroe had sued for at least $22 million, the Web site said.

We're very pleased that the jury found that this incident was not something to be taken lightly, Monroe's attorney, Brian E. Watkins, told E!

Snoop reportedly testified that he had not hit Monroe, and was able to produce video footage of the incident which supported his story.