Plies Testifies in Court About Club Shooting

Florida rapper takes the stand to defend himself in a civil suit.

Posted: 12/14/2011 03:26 PM EST
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As reported last week, Plies is the target of a civil suit that claims he's partially responsible for a 2006 shooting at a Gainesville, Florida, performance that left five attendees injured. Five years later, and after another suit against him was dismissed, Plies took the stand to defend himself.


According to reports, Plies's brother Ronell Levatte and two other men fired gunshots in the air at a show at Gainesville's 283 West nightclub. In March 2010, some of the injured attendees sued the Florida rapper, saying he was partly to blame for the incident. Four months later the suit was dismissed because Plies didn't fire a weapon. However, the new suit claims that Plies has profited off of the incident, and claims the rapper should be responsible for the victims' pain and suffering — to the tune of $10 million.

Plies testified that he had nothing to do with the actions of his brother or the other men, who were convicted of various charges after the incident. However, the plaintiffs undermined his testimony when they played a YouTube video he recorded admitting that he had indeed profited off the incident. One of the victims, Billy Dee Williams, also took the stand, tearfully recalling the incident.

Stay tuned to BET.com as more information on the trial emerges.

 

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