A judge Tuesday ordered The Game to pay $3,000 to a rival who alleged that the rapper pointed a gun at him and, with about 10 other men, chased him outside a Hollywood Hills home where a party was being held before beating him.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Susan Bruguera also found that The Game, 36, committed battery against rapper 40 Glocc, setting up a second phase of trial to determine whether the defendant should have to pay punitive damages. A status conference is scheduled Jan. 14.
Brugera heard a non-jury trial of 40 Glocc’s lawsuit before taking the case under submission on Sept. 25. She said in her three-page ruling that the amount of money awarded reflects 40 Glocc’s lack of candor during his testimony.
“The court finds plaintiff’s total disregard for the truth while testifying results in his failure to carry his burden of proof on all causes of action except for the undisputed battery,” Brugera wrote. The 41-year-old plaintiff, whose real name is Lawrence White, sued The Game in October 2012. He testified that The Game and about three other men with the defendant at the party also were armed.
“I feared I was going to die,” 40 Glocc testified. “Everybody’s got guns on me. My best defense was to run and get away.”
40 Glocc testified that he was leaving the party on July 7, 2012, when he heard someone say, “Turn up.” He said that when he turned around, he saw The Game, whose real name is Jayceon Terrell Taylor.
The Game, a Grammy Award nominee and prominent member of the West Coast hip hop scene, asked one of the men with him for a handgun, 40 Glocc testified.
“He cocked it, put a bullet in the chamber and said, ‘You heard me, I said turn up,”‘ the plaintiff said. “I turned and ran. I got chased down.”
He said The Game placed the gun next to his forehead.
“I said, ‘Look at me, you don’t want to do that, get your hand off that trigger,”‘ 40 Glocc testified. “Everybody else was saying, ‘Shoot him, shoot him.’ My life was just flashing.”
The Game then moved the gun from 40 Glocc’s forehead to his chest, the witness said, after which fists started flying.
“Everybody just started punching me and beating me up,” he said, adding that he lost count of the times he was hit.
40 Glocc said the entire run-in lasted about 20 minutes and ended when his attackers got in a car and drove away, as some of them were saying, “Just let me pop him, just let me shoot him.”
40 Glocc testified he received medical treatment for injuries to his face, hands and legs. He also maintained he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, a claim the judge rejected. She noted that 40 Glocc is an admitted gang member with a violent past.
“Plaintiff’s testimony of suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of defendant’s battery and not because of the prior violence in his life totally lacks credibility,” Brugera wrote.
The judge also found that 40 Glocc’s demeanor on the witness stand did not help his credibility.
“He was evasive and looked to his attorney for answers,” Brugera wrote. “It was difficult for him to give a straight answer.”
Brugera said she warned 40 Glocc twice to be forthright.
“Despite this warning, plaintiff continued to feign confusion, evade the question, pretend he did not understand the question, an on many occasions he did not tell the truth,” Brugera wrote.
40 Glocc testified he has received additional threats from The Game both in person and on Twitter and Instagram. He said that for his own protection, he moved out of state, often lives in hotels and drives as many as three different cars daily. He said he did not have a gun at the party and has never owned one.
— Wire reports