Fabolous is planning to sue the city of New York
for $5 million dollars for false arrest, after he was arrested on March 24 on
criminal weapons possession charges.
Fabolous and four other people were arrested
after a show at New York City's Webster Hall. His body guard, Rodger Renrick,
claimed ownership of the gun and provided proof that he was licensed to carry
it, Fabolous' attorney Alberto Ebanks told MTV.
Ebanks says that Renrick was only licensed to
carry the 9mm gun in Massachusetts, but the fact that he claimed ownership of
the gun should have cleared Fabolous and the other men of any charges.
MTV obtained a letter from Ebanks, dated March
27, urging the prosecutor on the case to reconsider the charges filed against
"This unwarranted arrest has tarnished my
client's image, may affect his present and pending endorsements and will certainly
have a negative impact on his long-term marketability and earning potential,"
Ebanks wrote. "More importantly, as our client is an icon to many young
and impressionable fans, this unjustified prosecution could potentially glamorize
a lifestyle that Mr. Jackson neither maintains nor condones."
Fabolous' claims civil rights have been violated,
emotional distress, malicious prosecution, police misconduct, false imprisonment
and a variety of other violations.
"The actions and motivations of the music
task force are questionable," Ebanks said. "The law requires that
police act on probable cause if someone commits or is about to commit a crime.
Police action on anything short of this is impermissible, intolerable and illegal."