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AHH Stray News: Flav Fights Back, Matthew Hall, So Solid, Jay-Z

Rapper Flavor Flav will file a formal complaint against a Bronx judge that ruled that he owes $1.8 million dollars to a neighbor he shot at over 10 years ago. According to the New York Post, Flavor’s attorney Charles Johnson will file the complaint against Judge Dianne Renwick. Flavor was convicted on misdemeanor charges in 1995 for shooting at his 54-year-old neighbor, during an argument over a woman. Johnson said Judge Renwick should not have been allowed to try the case, because her husband, Bronx DA Robert Johnson, filed the original charges against the rapper right after the shooting. “Her actions were retaliatory because her husband lost a series of cases to Flav,” said attorney Charles Johnson.

 

Police are questioning a suspect in the unsolved 2003 murder of Hunter College student Matthew Hall. Hall, 18, was gunned down in Harlem after attending a meeting of the Universal Zulu Nation. Hall was in Harlem in Sept. 2003 to tutor students who were studying for their Graduate Equivalency Diploma (G.E.D.). He was shot in the back near the National Black Theater. New York Police Department commissioner Raymond Kelly said a suspect, Michael Brown, 21, is being questioned in the shooting. According to police, Brown has already confessed to being involved in a July 2005 murder during a robbery in Harlem. “I don’t believe in revenge at all,” Hall’s father George Hall told New York’s NBC Channel 4. “I believe in forgiving. I forgive this man and I plan to go talk to him after his trial [to] tell him that I have no animus against him. I believe in punishment. I hope the jail does him some good, [but] I doubt it.”

 

So Solid Rapper Michael Junior Harvey has signed on with the St. Albans City FC, soccer team. Harvey, who starred in the West End musical “Daddy Cool,” signed with the team yesterday (June 26), despite his controversial reputation. The athlete/rapper hit the headlines in Aug. 2005, when a St. Albans court found him guilty of assaulting a police officer earlier in the year. The charges stemmed from a Jan. incident in which a police officer attempted to stop the So Solid rapper from using his mobile phone while driving. An altercation ensued and the officer was forced to restrain Harvey using pepper spray. Harvey was banned from driving for nine months, fined and sentenced to community service. Harvey, 28, was formerly with Chelsea. In 2005, he played against the Saints in an FA Trophy bout at Kingsmeadow in Dec. 2005.

 

Performing rights society BMI filed a federal lawsuit against Jay-Z’s 40/40 Club in a Manhattan court earlier this week, claiming the club has failed to play royalties for music played inside of the venue. The lawsuit, which was filed in Manhattan federal court, claims that the 40/40 Club has entertained patrons with “unauthorized public performance of musical compositions,” according to the lawsuit. Jay-Z, who is not named in the lawsuit, is co-owner in the 40/40 Club with partners Desiree Gonzalez and Juan Perez. BMI seeks unspecified damages.

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