The Game denied new trial in sexual assault case: Reports
The Game reportedly failed to attend court hearings on a consistent basis, leading the judge to deny a new trial after his accuser was previously awarded a $7.1 mn by a jury.
In a legal battle that has been going on for three years, Compton-based rapper The Game has been denied a new trial in his sexual assault case, Court House News reports.
In 2016, a judge ruled that The Game was liable for sexually assaulting 'She Got Game' contestant Priscilla Rainey. 'She Got Game' was a show that aired on VH1 whose purported aim was to find The Game (real name Jayceon Taylor) a girlfriend. But things turned sour for the rapper after one contestant taking the Grammy-nominated rapper to court for a sexual assault accusation. Priscilla Rainey is the woman claiming that Game touched her inappropriately in a sports bar outside of Chicago and, according to Courthouse News, the 'Hate It or Love It' hit-maker failed to show up to court so many times that he will not be granted a new trial after requesting one.
According to the lawsuit, “Taylor sexually battered Rainey that night, including by reaching his hand inside her dress to rub her bare vagina and buttocks in front of a crowded room of people.” A jury ruled in Rainey’s favor and awarded her $7.1 million in punitive and compensatory damages. The Game demanded a new trial, claiming the award was “monstrously excessive.”
In a 36-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Gary Feinerman denied the rapper’s motion for a new trial and wrote: “The unauthorized touching of a woman’s vagina and other intimate areas is a reprehensible act, particularly in front of a crowd of onlookers."
“And although no further justification is necessary, the reprehensibility of Taylor’s conduct following the battery further justifies the punitive damages award,” he further added.
This is not The Game's first brush with the law. Way back in 2005, Game was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mall security officers said the rapper was wearing a full-face Halloween mask, filming shoppers, cursed loudly, and refused to leave when asked. Game continued to act up and was arrested, a police statement said.
Two years later, Game was arrested at his home reportedly in connection with an incident at a basketball game in South Los Angeles in February 2007. He is alleged to have threatened a person with a gun. The arrest took place after his home was searched for three hours. Game was released early the next day after posting $50,000 bai.
Then in 2011, he played a very expensive prank which involved announcing an internship program on Twitter where he posted the number to call as the emergency line for the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department. A criminal investigation was launched stating that The Game could be charged for obstruction of justice, which was later dropped, but the Game apologized on CNN, calling it "a joke gone wrong."