The Game was ordered to pay $7.1 million from a 2016 lawsuit to a woman that accused him of grabbing her buttocks and genitals while she was a contestant on his VH1 dating show “She’s Got Game,” but he has not paid a single dime. Now a federal judge is ready to hit him with a contempt of court charge unless he can explain why he hasn’t paid.
Here are more details from the Chicago Tribune:
The Game has a week to explain why he shouldn’t be held in contempt for failing to hand over his financial records to a woman who won a $7.1 million sexual battery lawsuit against him in 2016, a federal judge ruled Wednesday in Chicago.
A federal jury in Chicago ordered the rapper, whose birth name is Jayceon Taylor, to pay the woman after she accused of him of inappropriately touching her buttocks and genital area several times at a Markham bar while she was a contestant on his VH1 dating game show “She’s Got Game” in 2015. The Tribune is declining to name the woman because of the nature of her claim.
The woman who won the $7.1 million judgment is accusing The Game of hiding his money, but The Game is denying the woman’s case and will not pay while he appeals the ruling.
The woman’s attorney alleges the Game is “concealing substantial amounts of income and assets,” according to his March 1 filing. The California-based rapper — who did not appear in Chicago for his November 2016 civil trial — has denied the woman’s accusations and said he will not pay. His appeal of the judgment is on hold.
Last year, he filed a $20 million negligence lawsuit against Viacom — VH1’s parent company — that is pending in federal court in California.
It may be a long time before any money changes hands as this case winds through the legal system.