Da Brat to pay $6.4 million to victim in bottle attack
Atlanta-based rapper Da Brat was ordered by a Georgia court to pay $6.4 million to a woman she attacked with a bottle.
Da Brat aka Shawntae Harris, served close to three years in prison for the attack against Shayla Stevens in 2007.
Stevens later filed a civil suit against Harris, and that trial concluded Thursday with the verdict. Harris was ordered to pay $3.7 million in compensatory damages and an additional $2.7 million in punitive damages. Harris’ attorney told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution the amount her client was ordered to pay was excessive considering the prior punishment.
“I’m baffled,” Attorney B.J. Bernstein said. “She owned up to what happened when it happened and was punished.”
But Stevens’ attorney said his client sustained lifelong injuries in the assault, which happened at Halloween party at Studio 72, a club owned by Atlanta hip-hop mogul Jermaine Dupri.
According to Mark Link, an attorney for Stevens, she has a brain injury that is permanent as well as a scar on her face. Harris, 39, is currently on probation for the attack.
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