A defamation suit launched by gangsta rap foe C. Delores Tucker against "Time" and "Newsweek" magazines for their coverage of her litigation against the estate of Tupac Shakur has been dismissed by a federal judge in Philadelphia.
Last month the same judge threw out the Shakur lawsuit itself, ruling that the references to Tucker in two songs on Shakur's 1996 "All Eyez on Me" album were "unpleasant at best and vulgar at worst" -- but not libelous. Politician Tucker, a former Pennsylvania Secretary of State and a vocal anti-rap lyrics campaigner, was a subject of Tupac's chart-topping single "How Do You Want It," as well as the track "Wonda Why They Call You Bitch."
The judge ruled that Tucker, a public figure, had failed to prove "actual malice" by the magazines in their reportage of the case. He also noted that while Tucker may have been annoyed and/or embarrassed, she wasn't disgraced and ridiculed to the detriment of her reputation and career.
Tucker and her husband William have sued over 100 media outlets, including MTV, for reporting that her legal action against the Shakur camp indicated that the distress caused by the rapper's lyrics had damaged the couple's private life. The actual wording in the suit claimed "a loss of advice, companionship and consortium." In legal circles, the word consortium typically refers to sexual relations between married couples.