Shooting Victim Sues Remy Ma, Label and Venue for over $160 Million

Less than two months after a Manhattan jury found Remy Ma guilty of

charges including two counts of first-degree assault, the victim in the case

has officially filed a civil suit against Remy and several other defendants,

including the Universal Music Group. Makeda Smith-Barnes is seeking a minimum

of $160 million in compensatory and punitive damages, plus court fees and any

additional moneys the court may find are owed to her.

The brunt of the financial responsibility

falls on Remy, born Remy Smith, who was found guilty in March of attempted

coercion, criminal possession of a weapon, and two counts of first-degree

assault. The lawsuit, which was filed with the Bronx County Clerk by Barnes’

attorney Laura P. Raysor on Friday (June 20), states that as a direct result of

Rem’s actions on the night of July 14, 2007, the plaintiff continues to suffer

sever pain and mental anguish, and is still unable to perform the normal

functions of her job.

In addition, Raysor alleges that her client

has been emotionally damaged and that her injuries were further aggravated by

Remy’s decision to leave the scene of the crime rather than to help her former

friend. The victim continues to seek medical care and was informed that her

injuries may be permanent.  Barnes is also seeking compensation for

defamation of character as a result of the original accusation of theft that

started the argument between her and Remy on that faithful night.

Remy Ma, who is currently serving an

eight-year sentence at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women, is

being held personally liable for a total of $100 million.

Remynisce Records, Sure Shot Records, the

Universal Music Group, Universal Music Investments, Universal Music Group

Distributions and Universal Music Canada, are also named as

defendants in the lawsuit, as they held a vested interest in promoting the

public image of the artist formerly known as Remy Martin.

The suit finds the group of labels to have

been grossly negligent because, knowing that Remy had a “history of unlawful,

violent and anti-social behavior,” the employees and principals of those six

companies not only failed to protect the public, but they used her “unlawful

and illegal behavior” to promote, market and sell her music.

Barnes is seeking a total of $20 million

dollars in damages from the labels. She is also seeking any financial profit

the companies and Remy as an individual have made since the July 14 shooting,

as a direct result of having “publicized and promoted the incident.” The

lawsuit further seeks an injunction to have all Defendants turn over any future

profits made from the promotion of Remy Ma or Remy Martin’s name, image,

reputation, and music.

Since the shooting occurred outside of the

Pizza Bar, a nightclub in the Meatpacking District of Manhattan, following a

birthday party attended by both women, Barnes has also named the venue and it’s

parent company POP 3, LLC as defendants in the suit, for continuing to serve

Remy after she was “visibly intoxicated.” Each entity is also being asked to

pay $20 million.

The defendants have until July 14 to file a

response.

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