Da Brat - Da Brat To Pay Total Of $6.4 Million In Compensation To Assault Victim
Rapper Da Brat is facing a total payout of $6.4 million (£4 million) to a waitress she assaulted during a 2007 club altercation after a jury awarded the victim an additional $2.7 million (£1.7 million).
The Not Tonight hitmaker, real name Shawntae Harris, stood trial on Thursday (27Feb14) for a civil suit filed by Shayla Stevens, who claimed to have suffered permanent facial scarring, neurological impairment and severe mental pain after she was hit with a bottle at an Atlanta, Georgia club.
The jury delivered a swift verdict and on Thursday afternoon, Da Brat, who completed a three-year prison sentence in 2011 after pleading guilty to aggravated assault, was ordered to pay Stevens $3.7 million (£2.31 million) in damages.
However, the jury later slapped Da Brat with another hefty fine, awarding Stevens, a former cheerleader for American football team the Atlanta Falcons, an additional $2.7 million (£1.7 million) for injuries and loss of earnings.
The ruling came just a day after the case, which was initially heard in an Atlanta court on Wednesday (26Feb14), was declared a mistrial as one juror was found unfit to serve as he was not a U.S. citizen. A new jury was quickly assembled, allowing the trial to proceed on Thursday.