Rapper YG got coal in his stocking from a Los Angeles judge who is ordering that the lawsuit accusing him of a Las Vegas robbery can move forward.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, a judge has ordered the civil lawsuit brought by a man named Benjamin Naderi against YG will continue on. The rapper had attempted to put the entire case on hold until the outcome of the criminal trial he is facing over the same incident but the judge wasn’t seeing things his way.
The judge notes that the case is over an alleged assault and battery, where the majority of evidence will likely involve witnesses whose memories could be subject to degradation if the case was stayed.
The order says the alleged victim would have to wait a long time because the criminal case was just initiated. The judge says the complaint has shown enough allegations that YG allegedly acted with malice “and sought to physically and emotionally harm him for asking for a picture.”
Back in October, the rapper (real name: Keenon Jackson) filed court docs in the lawsuit filed over the incident that took place at The Cosmopolitan Hotel in Vegas back in May.
YG argued the entire civil lawsuit should be put on hold until the outcome of his criminal case over the same incident. He was originally facing only one charge of felony robbery but following a grand jury indictment in September, the rapper is now facing three felonies, including grand larceny and larceny from a person.
The grand larceny and robbery charges carry a maximum punishment of 10 years each. The rapper entered a plea of not guilty to all charges.
The rapper has argued if the judge allows the lawsuit to continue, he will invoke his fifth amendment privileges against self-incrimination. He fears if he talks in the civil suit, prosecutors from the criminal case can try and use the information against him.
In his docs, YG gives a hint at his defense, saying Naderi basically called the incident a late-night spat and even admitted initiating the confrontation with the rapper.
YG says, “In this case, Plaintiff concedes at 3 a.m., after essentially stalking” him, a verbal altercation ensued due to “Plaintiff’s unrelenting behavior … Only thereafter, and provoked by Plaintiff, did the alleged physical altercation occur.”
In July, the rapper was arrested and booked after turning himself in to Vegas cops. The rapper posted $20,000 bail and was released from custody.
The alleged victim, Benjamin Naderi, sued YG and The Cosmopolitan Hotel Las Vegas over the incident.
Naderi claimed he saw the “Big Bank” rapper at the Cosmopolitan and when he went up to ask for a photo, YG refused and started to get upset with him. When he went to walk away, Naderi claims he heard the rapper tell his entourage to “get him.”
He claims YG’s crew then surrounded him and held him down and repeatedly punched him. Naderi then claimed YG walked up and yanked off his gold chain and diamond pendant. He accused the men of then fleeing the scene before anyone responded.
Naderi sued YG for assault, battery and theft and the Cosmo for not providing adequate security at the hotel. The lawsuit is seeking in excess of $250,000 in damages.