Busta Rhymes to pay $75,000 to assault victim. This may actually be good news for Busta Rhymes, considering the victim and his lawyer were seeking $500,000 in damages due to psychological after effects. To top it all off, Busta Rhymes lawyer didn’t even bother to show to for the trial or hearing.
A Brooklyn hearing officer yesterday ordered rap star Busta Rhymes to fork over $75,000 to an Albany man who was doused with water, pummeled with bottles and sucker-punched by the hip-hop star and a bodyguard.
The injured man, Alex Duncan, testified that he suffered nightmares and psychological after-effects of the Sept. 13, 2003, attack during a break in a rap concert at SUNY Albany.
“It’s all right,” Duncan, 32, a recently laid-off school groundskeeper, said of the award.
“I wanted something to come out of it. I don’t even go to parties anymore, because there’s always someone asking, ‘What happened to that Busta Rhymes case?’ ”
Duncan’s lawyer, Ronald Hart, had requested $500,000 of the hearing officer, Luigi Marano.
Rhymes’ lawyer, Robert Kalina, was a no-show for both the trial and yesterday’s damages hearing. He did not return a call seeking comment. [Source]
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