Dre's Censorship Lawsuits Settled
The lawsuits rapper/producer Dr. Dre (real name: Andre Young) filed against the cities of Detroit and Auburn Hills, Mich., have been settled, his attorney said today (Oct. 24). Young filed the lawsuitThe lawsuits rapper/producer Dr. Dre (real name: Andre Young) filed against the cities of Detroit and Auburn Hills, Mich., have been settled, his attorney said today (Oct. 24). Young filed the lawsuits in July 2000, accusing the cities and their officials of censorship by threatening to arrest him and Up in Smoke tour organizers if he aired a sexually explicit video at a concert that month.
The settlements include written apologies from Mayor Dennis Archer and the City of Auburn Hills, and First Amendment training for police officers in each city, attorney Herschel Fink said. The settlement also requires the cities to reimburse the 36-year-old rapper for legal fees. Detroit will pay $25,000, and Auburn Hills will pay $28,000.
Detroit mayoral spokesman Greg Bowens, who also was named in the lawsuit, said the mayor was pleased with the settlement. Bowens said the city was not admitting guilt, and the monetary settlement was much lower than the multimillion-dollar award that Fink originally sought.
Detroit officials, complaining about obscene imagery that included exposed breasts, successfully barred the seven-minute video from playing during the tour's stop at Joe Louis Arena. A federal judge ordered the City of Auburn Hills not to block the video at the next night's performance at the Palace of Auburn Hills. The video aired, but police seized a copy of it and issued a citation to the arena minutes afterward.
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