Ex-Geto Boys Rapper Sues Record Labels Over Alleged Beating

Bushwick Bill is asking for $20 million in connection with an Aug. 28 incident at a Houston comedy club.

Former Geto Boys rapper Bushwick Bill has filed a $20 million lawsuit against

Virgin Records, Noo Trybe Records, Rap-A-Lot Records, a comedy club and

five individuals who he said attacked and pulled a gun on him at a comedy

club last month.

Filed on Sept. 9 in Houston's Harris County District Court, the suit

claims that the diminutive 31-year-old rapper (born Richard Shaw) was

beaten by

employees of Virgin/ Noo Trybe/ Rap-A-Lot Records -- men nearly twice his

size -- during an Aug. 28 event at the Jus Joking Comedy Cafe in Houston.

Bushwick Bill is suing for physical assault, emotional distress and loss of

earnings due to the injuries that he alleges.

The incident was allegedly triggered by a previous suit filed against the

rapper over his efforts to get out of his contract with Rap-A-Lot Records.

Bushwick Bill's suit alleges that he was assaulted by employees of

the label as he tried to leave the club and that the club's security team

did nothing to stop the incident. Among those named in the suit are Steven

McCarter, Kobrey Laqua Ferguson, Derrick Washington and two sheriff

deputies.

Representatives for Virgin Records, Noo Trybe Records and Rap-A-Lot Records

had no comment on the suit. Representatives for the Jus Joking Comedy Cafe

could not be reached for comment.

In a statement released Monday, Lickle Geto Boys Dollars N Cents

Entertainment -- Bushwick Bill's production company -- said the rapper

Bushwick, who is a 145-pound, nearly 4-foot dwarf, was punched, hit and

kicked in the "head, chest, stomach, arms, legs and genitals" by men who

towered over him and were nearly twice his body weight, including one who

was a golden-glove boxer.

One of those mentioned in the suit also is alleged to have pulled a gun on

the rapper. "Bill tried to defend himself as best he could," the statement

said, "and was finally saved by his brother Chris."

The suit further claims that Bushwick Bill suffered injuries that had to be

treated at an emergency room as well as by his personal physician. The suit

asks for $15 million in exemplary damages and $5 million in punitive

damages related to the alleged attack.

Bushwick Bill first made his mark in the national hip-hop scene in 1988 as

a member of gangsta-rappers the Geto Boys, an ensemble that also included

Scarface (born Brad Jordan) and Willie D (born Willie Dennis). The Geto

Boys' raw, violent lyrics pushed the envelope of gangsta rap and earned the

group notoriety when Geffen Records

refused to distribute the group's self-titled 1990 release.

In 1991, Bushwick Bill lost an eye after he convinced his girlfriend to

shoot him while he was threatening to harm the couple's child.

Later that year, the Geto Boys hit #24 on the Billboard 200 albums

chart

with We Can't Be Stopped. The album featured a graphic cover photo

of Bushwick Bill's injuries and spawned the hit single "My Mind's Playing

Tricks On Me."

In 1992, Bushwick Bill released his first solo album, Little Big Man,

followed in 1995 by Phantom of the Rapra. In February of this year,

he was arrested in Alabama for marijuana possession.

The Geto Boys are currently working without Bushwick Bill, who has since left

the crew. Their next release, Da Good, Da Bad and Da Ugly, has no

scheduled release date. Bushwick Bill's next release, No Surrender ... No

Retreat, is due to be released Oct. 27 by Wrap/Lickle Geto Boys

Dollars N Cents Entertainment.

No court date has yet been set to resolve either the suit against Bushwick

Bill or his suit against the labels. Bushwick Bill's next public appearance

is scheduled for radio's "Howard Stern Show" on Wednesday (Sept. 16).