YG says the man who has accused him of assault and battery in a Vegas casino was “essentially stalking” him prior to the incident and argues the other man instigated the whole thing.
On September 18, the rapper (real name: Keenon Jackson) filed court docs in the lawsuit filed by Benjamin Naderi over an incident that took place at The Cosmopolitan Hotel in Vegas in May.
YG argues 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 earlier this month, 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 claims the alleged victim has demanded he be deposed this month and gave him an October deadline to turn over tons of documents, which YG says should not be required because the case should be stayed.
YG accuses Naderi of refusing to put the case on hold and the rapper says if the judge allows it to continue on, 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 “Plaintiffs 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. A warrant had been issued for his arrest after he was officially charged with felony robbery. 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.