Rapper and producer Master P poses in New York, Nov. 9, 2001. The rapper was ordered to pay $105,000 in punitive damages in Pomona,Calif. to a grandmother whose voice was secretly recorded and used to introduce a cut of artist Magic's album "Sky's the Limit." Superior Court Judge R. Bruce Minot ruled Thursday,Dec.27,2002 that Geneva Burger should receive the money because she suffered embarrassment and anxiety when she heard her voice on a "crude Gangsta rap CD".
Master P Ordered to Pay Damages to Woman
Dec 28, 9:38 AM (ET)
POMONA, Calif. (AP) - Rapper and producer Master P was ordered to pay $105,000 in punitive damages to a grandmother whose voice was secretly recorded and used to introduce a cut on artist Magic's album "Sky's the Limit."
Superior Court Judge R. Bruce Minto said Thursday that 80-year-old Geneva Burger of Pomona should receive the money from Master P, whose real name is Percy Miller, because she suffered embarrassment and anxiety when she heard her voice on a "crude gangsta rap CD."
Burger asked a friend of her grandson during a 1997 phone call, "When people get hooked on pot, can they get sick if they don't get it?" Burger didn't know the phone call was taped and distributed to various people.
The recording of her question was used to introduce the single "No Limit" on Magic's 1998 album. Rapper Snoop Dogg sang a verse of the song. Master P, as the CD's executive producer, made more than $3 million, said Burger's lawyer, Neville L. Johnson.
Burger previously settled out of court with Snoop Dogg, whose real name is Calvin Broadus, for $75,000. She got $300,000 from Priority Records, which distributed the disc.
On April 29, Minto awarded Burger $35,000 in compensatory damages from Master P's record company, Boutit Inc.
The judge also said Master P showed no remorse and does not appear to have taken steps to prevent what happened to Burger from occurring again. Still, he said, Master P's actions must be kept in perspective.
"Considering the universe of evil and other wrongs that abound in the world, the nature of the wrong visited upon (Burger) is not of momentous magnitude," Minto said.
Master P's lawyer, Donald K. Wilson Jr., had no comment