Master P (real name: Percy Miller) has been ordered to pay $105,000 in punitive damages to a grandmother whose voice was secretly recorded and used to introduce a cut on artist Magic’s album “Sky’s the Limit.” Superior Court Judge R. Bruce Minto said Thursday (Dec. 26) that 80-year-old Geneva Burger of Pomona, Calif., should receive the money from the rapper/producer because she suffered embarrassment and anxiety when she heard her voice on a “crude gangsta rap CD.”
Burger asked a friend of her grandson during a 1997 phone call, “When people get hooked on pot, can they get sick if they don’t get it?” Burger didn’t know the phone call was taped and distributed to various people.
The aforementioned recording was used to introduce the single “No Limit,” which featured Snoop Dogg, on Magic’s 1998 album. Master P, as the CD’s executive producer, made more than $3 million from its release, said Burger’s lawyer, Neville L. Johnson. The album was issued on the TRU imprint through Master P’s No Limit label.
Burger previously settled out of court with Snoop Dogg (real name: Calvin Broadus) for $75,000. She got $300,000 from Priority Records, which distributed the disc. On April 29, Minto awarded Burger $35,000 in compensatory damages from Master P’s company, Boutit Inc.
The judge also said Master P showed no remorse and does not appear to have taken steps to prevent what happened to Burger from occurring again. Still, he said, Master P’s actions must be kept in perspective. “Considering the universe of evil and other wrongs that abound in the world, the nature of the wrong visited upon [Burger] is not of momentous magnitude,” Minto said.
Master P’s lawyer, Donald K. Wilson Jr., had no comment
Copyright 2002 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.