Saturday, November 4th, 2006 at 9:00 am
A year after a much-talked about Halloween incident at a Greensboro, N.C. shopping mall, five police officers filed a defamation lawsuit against The Game and his associates.
According to the lawsuit filed at the Guilford County Courthouse, the officers Ryan Childrey, Hien Nguyen, Matthew Brown, Romaine Watkins and David Gregory said they were libeled and slandered and had their images misappropriated.
The lawsuit stems from comments made to a TV by the Game after his arrest at the shopping mall on, where he compared his treatment to that of Rodney King and claimed he was arrested for signing autographs.
They also take issue with the distribution of a video showing the officers during that arrest. An undisclosed website promoting the video claims it shows Taylor "being wrongfully arrested and brutalized by the police in North Carolina." The officers are each seeking more than $10,000 in damages. One officer says in the lawsuit that he lost $7,500 in off-duty pay because he was afraid of returning to work at the mall.
On October 28, 2005, The Game was arrested and accused of cursing out loudly at a mall and refusing to remove a Halloween mask. When law enforcement arrived, Game continued to act up and was arrested for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, officials said.
Other members of the group were pepper sprayed when they surrounded the officers in a threatening manner. The incident was caught on tape by a member of Game’s entourage and is available on YouTube.
On a related note, The Game’s sophomore album Doctor’s Advocate is still slated for release on November 14. A representative of the rapper confirmed to hiphopcrack that the album is still billed for release on November 14 despite widespread rumors that it has been pushed up to November 7.