The Game — Rapper Loses Appeal For New Trial In Sexual Assault Case, Has To Pay Accuser $7 Million Dollars
The Game’s alleged conduct during his reality TV days will cost him more than $7 million. The rapper, whose real name is Jayceon Taylor, was sued by a former contestant, Priscilla Rainey, of his dating show “She’s Got Game”, which aired on VH1.
In her lawsuit, Priscilla Rainey said she and The Game went on a date to a sports bar while filming for the show in 2015. While that date wasn’t filmed, she said that The Game lifted her skirt several times and groped her, and later addressed him on camera (which he denied) before she sued for sexual battery in August 2015.
She was awarded $1.13 million in compensatory damages and $6 million in punitive damages in 2016. He was denied his request for appeal recently.
The Game responded with a request for a new trial and asked the judge to reconsider the awards for damages.
U.S. District Judge Gary Feinerman shut down the requests and The Game appealed. But an appeals court confirmed the denial of a new trial and The Game’s petition for a reconsideration of damages.
Circuit Judge TK Sykes accused The Game of
“not [taking] the litigation seriously. He evaded process, trolled Rainey on social media, dodged a settlement conference, and did not bother to show up at trial. His attorney asked for a continuance, but the judge denied that request, dismissing Taylor’s proffered excuse as an elaborate ruse.”
“The judge carefully considered the entire record and made a reasonable judgment that Taylor was unjustifiably absent. Taylor was in complete control of his own appearance at trial. His choice to stay away for the duration of the trial carried consequences, one of which was the likelihood that the judge would give a missing-witness instruction. The judge was on solid ground in giving this instruction.”
“The jury’s $1.13 million award represents a fair and reasonable compensation for this intentional tort; it also finds adequate support in the facts established at trial. [T]he truly egregious nature of Taylor’s conduct supports the size of this punitive award even with the significant compensatory award. The sheer maliciousness of the tort is extreme. And the public humiliation of this assault, combined with Taylor’s post-assault insults and threats, warrant a substantial punitive award.”
At the same time, The Game also lost his lawsuit against Viacom where he called out the network for not doing a proper background check on Rainey.
The Game has not responded to the judge’s latest decision.
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