By: Shirley Ju (@shirju)
(AllHipHop News) Boosie Badazz gets what Boosie Badazz wants... sometimes.
A legend in his own right, the Baton Rouge rapper hopes to keep the public from finding out the amount of money the city of Biloxi paid to settle their ongoing federal lawsuit.
In April of 2017, when he was still Lil Boosie, the rapper was pepper sprayed during a scuffle at Dillard’s department store inside Edgewater Mall in Biloxi.
Boosie and his friends were forcibly escorted out after a crowd surrounded the rapper, who was simply trying to shop.
A security guard named Glen Kerley filed a lawsuit against Boosie, real name Torrence Hatch, claiming he was assaulted during the altercation.
Of course, Boosie turned around and filed his own lawsuit, only he sued the security guard, Dillard’s and the whole city of Biloxi.
While Dillard’s lawsuit is still pending, Boosie has finally reached a confidential settlement with the city, mall security, and management.
Even though Boosie’s attorney filed a motion to keep the terms of that settlement confidential, one problem remains.
The Sun Herald reports Biloxi is a public entity subject to the Mississippi Public Records Act.
Jackson attorney Leonard Van Slyke states, “Under Mississippi’s public records law, there is no question that this settlement document is available to the public. The Mississippi Ethics Commission has specifically ruled on that point, given that taxpayer money is involved in the settlement.”
He reveals the city’s insurance company may pay the settlement proceeds, but taxpayers are the ones covering insurance premiums.
U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden has yet to respond on Boosie’s request to have the record sealed.