DJ Vlad, known for mixtapes, filed a $4 million lawsuit against Rick Ross in New York on Friday (August 15), accusing the Miami rapper of assault and battery.
According to a press release from the DJ’s attorney, Brian Caplan, “Rick Ross orchestrated a brutal attack upon DJ Vlad, carried out at his direction by his accomplices, in retribution for media coverage of Rick Ross’ prior life as a correctional officer.”
Vlad says he suffered several injuries as a result of the attack, including a cut that required seven stitches below one of his eyes, three facial fractures, a corneal abrasion and possible permanent nerve damage.
He is seeking $2 million in compensatory damages and $2 million in punitive damages in the lawsuit.
In the suit, Vlad claims that the attack was launched by Ross in an attempt to “stifle [Vlad’s] journalistic reporting and freedom of expression,” regarding interviews posted on his VladTV YouTube channel, in which he discusses Ross’ past as a correctional officer via an interview with the Clipse and linking to a widely distributed interview with incarcerated drug dealer “Freeway” Ricky Ross who the rapper appropriated as a stage identity.
He also accuses Ross of “planning” the attack by setting up a meeting “for the purpose of obtaining retribution.”
Vlad claims that Ross called him, according to the suit, and asked to meet to talk about the things he heard were on his website. They arranged a meeting at the Hilton Hotel in Houston once learning they were both in town for the Ozone Awards.
“Following a brief conversation between DJ Vlad and Ross in which Ross said, ‘We got beef,’ Ross’ accomplices, who had surrounded DJ Vlad while he spoke with Ross, proceeded to strike and beat DJ Vlad in Ross’ presence and without any protest on Ross’ part,” the suit reads. Then Ross’ associates are said to have fled the scene, leaving Vlad laying on the ground “bleeding profusely.”
Ross has yet to comment on the lawsuit.