Miami rapper Rick Ross was ordered to pay $300,000 to New York-based DJ and website owner, DJ Vlad, for a 2008 assault.
DJ Vlad (real name: Vlad Lyubovny) sued the rapper in late 2008, accusing the rapper of orchestrating the “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.”
The coverage was posted on the DJ’s website, VladTV.com. He was seeking $4 million in damages
A Manhattan federal jury found Ross liable for his crew’s actions, which left Vlad with a deep gash below one of his eyes that required seven stitches, three facial fractures, a corneal abrasion and possible permanent nerve damage.
The attack took place during the Ozone Awards in Houston, Texas in 2008.
“As an individual that covers breaking news in the hip-hop world … I am grateful that the jury punished Rick Ross for setting me up, when all I was doing was covering the news and making commentary,” Vlad said after the verdict, according to the New York Daily News.
Vlad was awarded $50,000 in compensatory damages and $250,000 in punitive damages for the assault.
Despite the payout, Ross feels he won the suit. In an interview with MTV, following the ruling, Ross was ecstatic that he only had to pay out $300,000, instead of the original $4 million. He called it “a success.”
“I’ve been fighting a $4 million lawsuit for the last two years,” Ross told MTV. “My defense was a success. I’ve got to salute Xavier Donaldson, my attorney. Whenever an artist or anybody is put in a position such as a lawsuit in this capacity, so much evidence is represented — videotapes, what have you — to be able to walk out of a courtroom giving the plaintiff less than 10 percent of what he requested, I consider my defense a success. God bless America! The lawsuit is done. Even though I plan to appeal the decision, I thank the courts for the monetary decision that they made. They were extremely lenient, I appreciate that. It’s back to the business for the boss.”
Ross also added that after legal fees, Vlad will end up with a lot less.
“It’s a couple of papers, but it was a two-year-long case,” the rapper explains.. “After court expenses, etc., the plaintiff may get $40 or 50K. I’m blessed to be in the situation I’m in. Four mil was at stake. It’s behind me.”