Funds From Shyne's Record Deal Frozen

Justice Michael Garson of Brooklyn has frozen the funds, citing the "Son of Sam" law barring convicts from profiting from their crimes.

Jailed rapper Shyne, who signed a $3 million record deal with Island Def Jam in prison, won't see any money until a lawsuit against him is resolved.

Justice Michael Garson of Brooklyn has frozen the funds, citing the "Son of Sam" law barring convicts from profiting from their crimes. The money, including a $500,000 advance, will be held in escrow pending the outcome of the civil lawsuit brought by two bystanders wounded in a 1999 shooting at a Manhattan nightclub.

The ruling, issued March 16, found that the funds should "be preserved for payment of any judgment received by the plaintiffs." Shyne's Gangland/Def Jam debut, "Godfather Buried Alive," debuted at No. 3 on The Billboard 200 in August 2004 and has sold 433,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Shyne, a former protege of Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, has been behind bars since 2001 for the shooting that involved his former mentor and Combs' then-girlfriend Jennifer Lopez. Combs was also charged in the case but was acquitted. Three bystanders were wounded.

The rapper, whose real name is Jamal Barrow, is being held at a correctional facility in a remote area near the New York-Canada border.


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