The Game has been shut down in his plea for a new trial over the $7 million judgment he was hit with from the lawsuit accusing him of sexual assault … and the judge ripped him apart in the court order.
Priscilla Rainey was a contestant on The Game’s VH1 reality show “She’s Got Game.” In her 2015 lawsuit, she claimed that during production, the rapper sexually assaulted her by forcefully reaching his hand inside her dress to rub her bare vagina and buttocks.
A jury awarded her $7 million in damages against The Game, but she claims he has yet to pay a dime on the judgment.
The Game filed a motion for a new trial claiming the judgment was too high and there wasn’t enough evidence to support the massive $7 million verdict.
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On August 31, Judge Gary Feinerman came back with his decision on The Game’s motion and shut down the rapper’s attempt to get a new trial.
He rips apart the rapper in his order, saying the jury’s verdict was well-supported by the evidence. He points to numerous witnesses who backed up Rainey’s story.
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“Whether the jury’s verdict was against the weight of the evidence is not a close question,” the judge wrote. “Rainey’s testimony alone would have formed a sufficient basis for the verdict. Smith’s testimony regarding Rainey’s demeanor immediately following the incident, coupled with the video showing Taylor’s failure to deny her allegations when she confronted him on the bus, served as unnecessary icing on the cake.”
The judge notes that the millions awarded is not monstrously excessive, stating, “The unauthorized touching of a woman’s vagina and other intimate areas is a reprehensible act, particularly when done in front of a crowd of onlookers.”
Feinerman continued, “The court has already reviewed Taylor’s vile responses to Rainey’s initial effort on the tour bus to discuss the battery (“What you can do is be a woman and shut up”; “Get off this bus before you get your ass strangled”; “I’ll f**king choke your a** up”), and to her filing this lawsuit (“other ‘Tranny Panty’ activity in her past that makes this false claim irrelevant”), which confirm that a punitive damages award is eminently reasonable.”
He also took issue with The Game missing the first day of the court trial, saying the rapper believed he did not have to go because Derrick Rose missed the first day in his sexual assault trial. The judge points out Rose sought approval to miss his first day unlike The Game, who had no permission or professional obligation to attend to.
The judge says the rapper then tried to use a dental emergency to continue the trial, which was contradicted by Snapchat posts he made showing him “smoking (something) in a dark room with flashing pink lights at 2:44 a.m” the day after the alleged dental work.
Finally, he points to various other legal matters The Game has been involved in over the years. He says the rapper has a “consistent history of defaults and failures to appear in court, and even for trial, in several other cases.”
“Failing to appear in court,” the judge wrote, “whether for a trial or hearing, whether in a civil or criminal proceeding, is just something Taylor does.”
The judge denied the motion for a new trial and ordered the verdict and judgment to stand.