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Sheriff Sued Over ‘2 Live’ Lyrics

December 27, 2000

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) _ Crusading former Sheriff Nick Navarro laid out his obscenity claims against 2 Live Crew rapper Luther Campbell in an autobiography. Now, the owner of Campbell’s songs now wants Navarro to pay at least $75,000 for using the lyrics without permission.

``We believe they published the words to these songs to sell more books,″ said Cary Lubetsky, an attorney for Lil’ Joe Records and Lil’ Joe Wein Music Inc. ``Any profits from this book are statutorily due to the Lil’ Joe companies.″

Navarro, who told his story in the book ``The Cuban Cop″ and now owns a security company, was the tough-talking sheriff from 1984 to 1992. He ordered the raunchy rapper arrested after a nightclub show.

A federal appeals court later ruled that Campbell’s lyrics were not obscene.

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