The owner of a Mobile, Ala., limousine service has sued rapper 50 Cent, claiming some of the star's security guards roughed him up and commandeered his vehicle after a March concert.
The owner of a Mobile, Ala., limousine service has sued rapper 50 Cent, claiming some of the star's security guards roughed him up and commandeered his vehicle after a March concert. According to the lawsuit, filed in Mobile County Circuit Court, Johnny Bonner drove at least three members of 50 Cent's security staff from their hotel to the University of South Alabama Mitchell Center for a March 13 show.
Bonner's attorney, Eaton G. Barnard, said that after the show, a crowd of fans around the rapper's motorcade made it difficult for Bonner to follow the vehicle carrying 50 Cent. When Bonner tried to take a different route back to the hotel, Barnard said, the security men attacked him, threw him in the rear seat of the GMC Yukon and drove "recklessly" back to the hotel.
The lawsuit alleges Bonner suffered bruised ribs, fear and emotional distress. It seeks unspecified damages from 50 Cent (real name: Curtis Jackson); from three unidentified security men; and from unidentified parties responsible for hiring and supervising the men.
Meanwhile, the Inglewood, Calif., city school board has voted to fire eight part-time school police officers, including four who were moonlighting as bodyguards for rapper Snoop Dogg when an unknown gunman shot at his convoy in April.
After a four-hour closed session, the board voted 4-1 to fire reserve officers Leslie Gaulden, Randy Robinson and Kenny Archer, all of whom worked for the rapper. Officer and Snoop Dogg bodyguard Marcus Thompson, arrested on weapons charges after an incident at the BET Awards show in Hollywood, was fired last week.
Board members declined to comment on the decision, but interim school police chief Wesley Mitchell said the fired officers did not have adequate background checks. About a third of the 32 full-time and reserve Inglewood Unified School District officers have guarded Snoop Dogg (real name: Calvin Broadus). Their bodyguard jobs came under scrutiny after several were detained when police pulled over vehicles that dropped Snoop Dogg off at the BET Awards in June. Authorities confiscated drugs and weapons from the vehicles, which included an armored van.
Six Inglewood schools officers this week filed a civil lawsuit claiming the district discriminated against them because they are black and that their former chief threatened to fire them after they complained. "They've been trying to get rid of my officers long before the Snoop Dogg incidents," said attorney Craig Byrnes, who filed the lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court.
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