At least he wasn't there to nap while the verdict was being handed down. Rapper
Notorious B.I.G. wasn't in the courtroom last Fri. (Jan. 24) when a jury ruled
that he should pay $16,700 to Nathaniel Banks, a driver who claims he was
beaten by B.I.G. Banks was sent by a promoter to retrieve B.I.G., also known as
Biggie Smalls, for a May 6, 1995 concert, which was later canceled, according
to the Associated Press.
It only took the Camden, N.J. jury one
hour to return the verdict, which breaks down to $15,000 compensatory damages
and $1,700 for medical bills. The jury is expected to reach a decision on
punitive damages today (Jan. 27).
Smalls, who has maintained his
innocence, still faces a criminal charge in the 1995 beating of Banks. Banks
claims he was beaten when Smalls and his associates tried to collect their
$7,500 performance fee after the May 6th concert was canceled en route to the