The Game Calls $7.1 Million Judgment “Monstrously Excessive”
The Game has mounted a last-ditch effort to get off the hook in his more than $7 million judgment in his civil sex abuse case.
The rapper filed paperwork last week to bring his case to the U.S. Court of Appeals and asked for both a new trial and a reduction in the punitive damages the jury awarded to his sex-assault accuser, Priscilla Rainey.
Rainey accused The Game, who was born Jayceon Taylor, of molesting her during an after hours nightclub date during the filming of their reality show, “She’s Got Game” last year. She said The Game appeared inebriated and reached his hand inside her dress to grope her bare vagina and behind. The rapper denied the assaults and has blasted Rainey as an opportunist with a checkered past.
She sued him for $10 million, and last month, a jury sided with Rainey and awarded her $6 million in punitive damages and $1 million in compensatory damages.
But The Game’s lawyer, Andrew Williams, called the judgment “monstrously excessive” in court papers, and the punishment just doesn’t fit the crime. His lawyers contend that besides a video of a confrontation between Rainey and the rapper following the alleged incident, there wasn’t enough evidence to support the amount. The Game’s later called the video “extremely prejudicial” and led the jury to seek a damage amount from it’s “fevered imaginings” and “personal vendettas” against The Game and him not being in the courtroom.
The rapper’s attorney said The Game’s alleged conduct doesn’t show he disregarded her health or safety and was an isolated incident. The lawyer also claimed that there’s no evidence that the alleged groping was done with intentional malice.
The Game also asked for a new trial, arguing that no rational jury would have sided with Rainey based on the evidence. His lawyer said the trial wasn’t fair to the rapper because a judge denied his request to postpone the trial while The Game recovered from emergency surgery. That meant that the trial had to go on without him.
However, Rainey and her lawyer, Brad Williams, said they weren’t the least bit bothered by The Game’s new trial push.
“We are not at all concerned by the recent filings,” they said in a statement to BOSSIP.