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Rap Group Wins Fight to Overturn $16 Million Judgment

July 30, 1993

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) _ After persuading a judge to drop a $16 million judgment, the rap group NWA will go to court to fight a lawsuit filed by a woman who claims a post-concert rape made her pregnant.

The woman said she was raped by NWA member Lorenzo ″M.C. Ren″ Patterson after a 1989 concert. She was 16 at the time, and said the rape produced a daughter. No criminal charges were filed.

At a hearing July 9, NWA lawyers argued the group never gave its previous lawyers permission to settle the case during a 1992 trial. A judge last week reversed the judgment and set the case for trial Nov. 1.

″I’m not happy the ruling went that way, but I’m not negative because if we try the case again I think I’ll get that much money or more,″ said J. Gusty Yearout, the woman’s lawyer.

In the first trial, Yearout settled for $350,000 with two attorneys representing the group. The group didn’t pay and the judge responded by ordering the four rappers and four businesses also named as defendants to pay $2 million each.

Attorney Stephen Salter, who represented NWA at the time, said he thought the settlement carried only a $2 million total penalty if the $350,000 wasn’t paid.

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