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Odd Future member accused of assaulting photographer
According to reports, Odd Future (OF) member Left Brain is accused of hitting a female photographer during a show in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Reports state that photographer Amy Harris claims she was slapped by OF member Left Brain, who knocked her camera out of her hands during the group’s performance at the Voodoo Experience.
The Odd Future member allegedly attacked the photographer after Odd Future’s Tyler, the Creator insisted that fans should be allowed closer to the stage, instead of photographers in the photo pit.
Reports claim that Left Brain proceeded to pour water on photographers, push them and kick their equipment, which led to Harris being hit.
Shawty Lo being sued by two Georgia producers
Two Georgia producers filed a lawsuit against Shawty Lo last week saying the Atlanta rapper owes them advances and royalties from his album Units in the City. According to the two, they had an oral agreement with the rapper and D4L Records in November 2007 that was supposed to amend a previous, written contract.
Producers Cory Way and Teriyakie Smith claim they agreed to produce Shawty Lo’s album, which was released in February 2008, in exchange for a fee of $5,000 per track for any master recording they did for him. Way says he’s owed $22,500 in advances in addition to a two percent royalty for each album sold. Smith says he’s owed a total of $30,000.
While they both say that the rapper has paid them tens of thousands of dollars each, they are still seeking a combined total of $200,000 in damages.
Gucci Mane denied early release, hit with civil lawsuit
Gucci Mane was denied an early release by a judge recently and was also served with a civil lawsuit.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, a DeKalb County judge denied the Atlanta rapper’s bid to cut short his six-month sentence for battery. Gucci’s lawyer had proposed to the court that his client’s sentence be halved in exchange for a benefit concert on behalf of the DeKalb County Battered Women’s Shelter.
Directly after the judge’s ruling, Gucci was hit with a civil lawsuit by the victim of his April assault case.
After Gucci completes his full six-month bid, he’ll have to tackle 12 weeks of anger management classes, as well as $5,091 for the victim’s medical bills and a $3,000 fine.
James Brown’s ex-manager gets three year sentence
James Brown’s former manager has been sentenced to three years of home confinement on charges he took more money than he was allowed under contract from the late soul singer in his final years.
The Aiken Standard reported recently that 72-year-old David Cannon of Barnwell entered an Alford plea to two counts of breach of trust. The plea does not admit guilt, but acknowledges there is enough evidence for a conviction.
Prosecutors said Cannon was supposed to receive five percent of whatever Brown made in a year but instead gave himself close to 15 percent. Cannon was also accused of stealing part of a $900,000 check, but his defense says that was a misunderstanding. Attorney Gregory Harris says Cannon was owed the money.
Brown died on Christmas Day 2006.