Shyne Hit With $5 Million Lawsuit Over Car Accident

Construction contractor says rapper caused collision by running red light.

A man who was injured in a car accident with Jamal "Shyne" Barrow has filed a $5 million lawsuit against him, claiming Shyne caused the accident by running a red light.

Donald J. Sullivan, lawyer for construction contractor Mark MacKenzie, said Wednesday (May 9) that the January 21 accident — which happened as the rapper's criminal trial was in the midst of jury selection — occurred when Shyne hit MacKenzie's Jeep with his Mercedes.

Shyne was charged only with driving with a suspended license in the incident, which delayed his trial with Sean "P. Diddy" Combs by a day (see "Judge Issues, Then Revokes Warrant For Shyne's Arrest").

At the end of the trial, Shyne was convicted of assault, gun possession and reckless endangerment in connection with the December 1999 Club New York shootings. He's currently in New York's Rikers Island jail, awaiting sentencing on June 1.

Murray Richman, Shyne's lawyer, was in court Wednesday afternoon and could not be reached for comment. But he told the Associated Press on Tuesday that the lawsuit was baseless and that a police investigation showed MacKenzie caused the accident.

MacKenzie suffered a serious head injury in the accident and required surgery, according to his lawyer.

(Click HERE for a complete explanation of the charges in the case. Click HERE our complete trial coverage.)