From The NYPOST
A Brooklyn judge agreed with Busta Rhymes that “Money Talks” — and yesterday ordered him to fork over $75,000 to a fan who said the rapper assaulted him at a concert.
The East Flatbush-born Rhymes sent his lawyer to argue the judgment on grounds that the rap star wasn’t properly notified of the case, causing him to miss seven hearings. That led a hearing officer to make the cash award.
But Supreme Court Justice Donald Kurtz didn’t agree with Rhymes’ lawyer, Anthony Xanthakis.
“It looks like we busted up Busta’s rhyme,” cracked lawyer Ron Hart, who represented the injured fan, Alex Duncan, a 32-year-old Albany resident.
Duncan had hoped to see another rapper, Fabolous, at the show on the SUNY-Albany campus in 2003. But Fabolous didn’t show. Disappointed, Duncan said he stood up so he could leave as soon as Rhymes left the stage.
But his standing up drew Rhymes’ attention, Duncan testified.
“You didn’t hear me say, ‘Get down?’ ” Rhymes asked.
“I don’t got to move,” Duncan replied — and in an ensuing exchange, he added that he’d come to to see Fabolous, not Rhymes.
That seemed to anger Rhymes. “I’m not good for you?” he asked. Duncan says Rhymes then splashed him with one bottle of water and pelted him with two more. Also, he said, Rhymes’ bodyguard punched him.
Rhymes failed to challenge Duncan’s allegations in court, and the hearing officer set the $75,000 award on Oct. 14.