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‘Gangsta’ Rap Critic Sues Magazines

October 1, 1997

WASHINGTON (AP) _ `Gangsta’ rap critic C. DeLores Tucker filed a $5 million defamation lawsuit Wednesday against two news magazines for their reports on a previous suit against the estate of the late rapper Tupac Shakur.

Mrs. Tucker, chairwoman of the National Political Congress of Black Women, and her husband, William, said Time and Newsweek maliciously mischaracterized the earlier lawsuit as being about the couple’s sex life.

The Tuckers said the news magazines sensationalized the lawsuit ``even though they all knew that there was no truth in what they wrote.″

Newsweek spokeswoman Karen Wheeler and Time spokeswoman Nancy Kearney both said they had not seen the lawsuit and could offer no comment.

Mrs. Tucker filed a $10 million lawsuit in July against Shakur’s estate, saying the slain rapper’s lyrics contained lewd and indecent references to her.

That lawsuit said her husband ``suffered a loss of advice, companionship and consortium.″

A subsequent article in Time magazine referred to ``claims that lewd remarks made about her ... caused her so much distress that she and her husband have not been able to have sex.″ A story in Newsweek referred to claims that Shakur’s lyrics ``iced their sex life.″

Mrs. Tucker’s latest lawsuit said the ``consortium″ complaint had nothing to do with sex and referred instead to ``advice, society, companionship, i.e., defendants’ effect upon the `family union.‴

Both the original lawsuit and the latest were filed in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia.

Shakur was shot to death in Las Vegas on Sept. 13, 1996.

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