SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) _ A rap fan was awarded $2.7 million in damages from Hammer and five security guards for a beating he took while defending a 5-year-old girl at a concert eight years ago.

But Hodges Michael Sneed might have trouble collecting: Hammer filed for bankruptcy two years ago.

Sneed, 37, said he was beaten by Hammer security when he confronted one of the guards for shoving the girl to the floor during a concert in Syracuse.

He sued, but Hammer never responded to the court's request to appear so a trial date could be set. Judge Norman A. Mordue awarded the damages July 1 after ruling that Sneed was attacked without warning by the guards.

Sneed needed knee surgery and stitches on his face. He was unable to return to work as a laborer for a paving company.