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FAN HITS RAPPER SNOOP DOGG & THE GAME WITH LAWSUIT

 

Richard Monroe II, the 25-year-old Kent, Washington, man who alleges he was "ruthlessly…dragged, kicked, punched, jumped and otherwise severely beaten" by a group of men — including Snoop Dogg's bodyguards and several rappers — after jumping onstage at the White River Amphitheatre during a May 28 stop on the How the West Was One Tour, has filed a civil lawsuit against Snoop, the Game, Kurupt, Daz Dillinger and Soopafly.

Monroe's lawsuit, which was filed April 12 in Los Angeles Superior Court, seeks $22 million in punitive and compensatory damages for assault, battery, negligence, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. While the incident took place at the Auburn, Washington, amphitheater, the suit was filed in Los Angeles because Snoop maintains a home and manages his business interests there.

According to the suit, Monroe, a self-professed "loyal" Snoop fan, accepted "an open invite" from the Dogg to take the stage; Snoop was performing his classic track "Gin and Juice" at the time of the alleged assault. According to the suit, Monroe walked up to Snoop and tried to put his arms around him, at which point he was grabbed by some of the rapper's bodyguards.

"Monroe did nothing suggestive of hostility and nothing whatsoever to provoke the violent response that ensued," reads the suit. "Bodyguards thereafter grabbed Monroe and attacked him by striking him with fists and kicks for approximately 35 seconds." According to the lawsuit, Monroe was "beaten unconscious," and the attack continued "in spite of the fact that [Monroe] was incapacitated and clearly could not pose a threat."

Monroe's suit further alleges that several of his attackers humiliated him in front of thousands of concertgoers, by pouring "orange cups of liquid" on his body while he was lying on the stage's floor — an act that resulted in "severe emotional distress." The filing also claims that Monroe's alleged assailants ripped diamond studs from his ears and stole his watch, rings, cell phone and wallet.

After the altercation took place, Monroe was taken to a nearby medical center where he was treated for bruised ribs, a broken nose, a busted lip and black eyes. The suit names Soopafly as a willing participant in the beating, and alleges that the Game can be seen on a videotape of the incident "encouraging and/or validating the attack." Snoop is accused of "doing nothing to stop" the assault, and suggests that the rapper's bodyguards are "unqualified to be security agents ... [and] were also poorly trained by defendants, who failed to teach them that a fan that comes onstage may not be spontaneously attacked." By "having [those guards] onstage," Snoop's actions were both "careless and irresponsible," the suit asserts.

Soon after the incident last year, Meredith O'Sullivan, Snoop's publicist, told MTV News that "any person who jumps onstage at a concert has to be interpreted as a security threat and an immediate risk to both the performers onstage as well as the fans in the audience. Once a breach of security has been made, authorities are forced to take the proper measures to ensure safety." Monroe's suit claims that Snoop "personally witnessed the extended violent beating, and had personal knowledge that 'proper measures to ensure safety' could not possibly include an extended violent beating," and added that the rapper's "cavalier and reckless assignment of blame, projected through his [publicist] toward Monroe" warrants a punitive award of $20 million in addition to a $2 million compensatory judgment.



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