Artists File Suit Over Violence At Source Awards
Hip-hop artists David Blake (aka DJ Quik) and Crawford Wilkerson (aka Hi-C) have filed suit over violence that erupted Aug. 22, 2000, at the second annual Source Hip-Hop Music Awards in Pasadena, BillHip-hop artists David Blake (aka DJ Quik) and Crawford Wilkerson (aka Hi-C) have filed suit over violence that erupted Aug. 22, 2000, at the second annual Source Hip-Hop Music Awards in Pasadena, Billboard Bulletin reports. Filed last week in Superior Court for the County of Los Angeles, the claim names The Source magazine, the City of Pasadena, Calif., the Pasadena Police Department, and other unnamed individuals. Police halted the show after a fight broke out in the audience.
The claim alleges negligence by The Source for supposedly failing to provide adequate security; assault and battery by unnamed individuals; and violation of civil rights by Pasadena law-enforcement officials. According to the suit, Blake and Crawford, who were invited presenters and guests at the event, were "attacked and verbally abused by someone who was able to simply walk straight up to [them]."
They were then "subjected to restraints by the police," according to the suit. The two seek unspecified damages, due to "extreme pain and suffering, medical expenses, and loss of earnings."
Calls to representatives to all parties involved in the suit were not returned.
This year's third annual Source Awards show was held at Miami's Jackie Gleason Theater. As previously reported, Outkast and Nelly bested the competition, each taking home a pair of awards from the ceremony, which was staged without incident.