Da Brat is not off the hook just yet. After serving a three-year sentence in Arrendale State Prison for aggravated assault, a jury has ordered the rapper to pay millions of dollars in damages to her victim.
The civil suit filed against Shawntae “Da Brat” Harris, 39, came to an end on Feb. 27. The county jury decided that the former hip-hop star should pay her victim, Shayla Stevens, $3.7 million dollars, then latter added another $2.7 million dollars. That’s a total of $6.4 million dollars. Looks like Da Brat is about to pay up and pay big.
Da Brat Ordered To Pay $6.4 Million For Assaulting Cheerleader
Things don’t seem to be looking up for Da Brat. The Illinois-born rapper has been ordered to pay a whopping $6.4 million dollars for inflicting lifelong injuries on former Atlanta Falcons cheerleader, Shayla Stevens, reports The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Da Brat was first ordered to pay 3.7 million for Shayla’s past and future loss of earnings, but the jury slapped Da Brat with another $2.7 million dollars as an added punishment.
The “That’s What I’m Looking For” rapper already spent three years in jail for the crime. Her attorney B.J. Bernstein was astonished by the number. B.J. tried to get the sum reduced but Shayla’s attorney defended his client — saying that not only does she have a lifelong scar on her face — she was made a brain damage survivor.
Da Brat: A History Of Legal Troubles
Da Brat was arrested back in 2007 after she smashed a rum bottle in Shayla’s face. The altercation happened at producer Jermaine Dupri’s Studio 72 nightclub.
The platinum artist, pled guilty to aggravated assault and was sentenced to three years in prison, 200 hours of community service, and 7 years under probation. Shayla filed the civil suit against Da Brat in 2009 while the artist was still in prison serving her sentence.
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— By Stephanie Sengwe