Snoop Dogg Sued for Millions

Fan alleges bodyguards beat him unconscious at show

April 21, 2006 3:19 PM ET

West Coast gansta rappers Snoop Dogg, the Game, Kurupt, Soopafly and Daz Dillinger have all been named in a $22 million civil lawsuit filed April 12th in Los Angeles.

The suit, brought by Richard Monroe II, claims that a group of men, including Soopafly and Snoop's bodyguards, mercilessly beat the twenty-five-year-old after he jumped onstage during an Auburn, Washington, concert last May and attempted to put his arms around the superstar rapper. Monroe is seeking punitive and compensatory damages for assault, battery, negligence and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

The fan maintains that he was invited onstage and that he "did nothing suggestive of hostility and nothing whatsoever to provoke the violent response that ensued." The Kent, Washington, native alleges the attack left him unconscious and that the beating continued -- despite the fact that he "clearly could not pose a threat" -- until the attackers poured "orange cups of liquid" on him in front of the crowd causing "severe emotional distress." He also claims his phone, watch, rings, wallet and diamond earrings were stolen during the alleged assault.

Monroe was taken to an area hospital and treated for a broken nose, black eyes and bruised ribs.

In the New York Daily News, Snoop representative Meredith O'Sullivan said, referring to the murder of legendary Damageplan and Pantera guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, "In December 2004, a fan jumped onstage at a rock concert in Columbus, Ohio, and shot and killed a band member and three others. A few months later, Richard Monroe jumped onstage during a concert and ran directly at Snoop . . . This attempt to parlay criminal conduct into a financial windfall is a blatant abuse of the legal system."

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