Rapper Boosie Badazz must pay more than $233,000 to a security guard who pepper sprayed him at a Mississippi mall two years ago, a judge has ruled.
The Louisiana-based rapper, whose real name is Torrence Hatch, did not attend Tuesday’s hearing in Gulfport, where a judge ordered him to pay $233,128 to security guard Glen Kerley, who testified he was assaulted by Hatch and members of his entourage after asking them to leave a department store at Edgewater Mall during Biloxi Black Beach Weekend in April 2017, the Sun Herald reports.
A judge ruled that Hatch and his security guard intentionally assaulted Kerley after he pepper sprayed them to get them out of a Dillard’s department store, leaving Kerley with a concussion, neck injuries and still under a neurologist’s care more than two years after the attack.
“I basically went to the ground and lost consciousness,” Kerley told US District Judge Louis Guirola Jr., adding that Hatch and Anderson were among several people who struck him. “It was just a melee of arms and feet at that point.”
Kerley, who was hospitalized after the incident, testified that he missed five days of work due to his injuries. He sued Hatch and Anderson for assault, battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, gross negligence and civil conspiracy, the Sun Herald reports.
Surveillance video from inside the store shows Hatch — clad in a pink shirt and several gold chains — being approached by Kerley before the security guard shot pepper spray toward the rapper and several other men standing in front of him.
Kerley then released more pepper spray as nearby onlookers started to disperse and several people held back Hatch, who is seen exiting the mall after performing earlier at the festival, video shows.
Kerley was assaulted as soon as the group left Dillard’s, he testified.
Hatch, who hasn’t shown up to court since his attorney withdrew from the case in March, has a pending lawsuit against Dillard’s, the Sun Herald reports. He also called on fans last year to boycott the annual event, claiming a nearby beach was infested with stingrays.
The city of Biloxi, meanwhile, paid $5,000 to Hatch, his niece and Anderson to settle a lawsuit they filed in connection to the incident. Kerley was identified as a Biloxi police officer in Hatch’s suit, but he was working as a Dillard’s employee at the time, according to the Sun Herald.
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