A jury awarded a man shot by members of Waka Flocka Flame’s security team last year in Charlotte more than $500,000 in compensatory and punitive damages earlier this week.
Mizay Entertainment, the company that manages the Atlanta rapper (whose real name is Juaqin Malphurs) and is headed by his mother and manager, Debra Antney, will be responsible for paying the money.
When called for comment, a receptionist at Mizay Entertainment offered only, “There is no comment, thank you,” before abruptly hanging up.
The incident with Waka Flocka took place in February 2011, when Antonio Stukes and five of his friends pulled into the parking lot at the Car Stereo Warehouse near Bojangles’ Coliseum in Charlotte. Stukes, an aspiring rapper, began to approach Waka Flocka’s tour bus – which was being outfitted with a new stereo system – to present a demo CD when two members of Waka Flocka’s team began shooting at him, said Stukes’ attorney, Adam Seifer of the SeiferFlatow law firm in Charlotte.
“My client said, ‘Stevie Wonder could see this guy’s gun, he had a hand cannon on him,’” Seifer said.
One of the bullets struck Stukes in the right shoulder, leaving him with lingering pain and issues with lifting past a 45-degree angle, said Seifer, who also said the guns used in the shooting were, to his knowledge, legal.
Waka Flocka wasn’t in the bus at the time of the incident; he had gone inside the store to use the bathroom. In 2010, the rapper was shot during an apparent robbery at Bubble Bath Car Wash on Old National Highway.
According to the Charlotte Observer, “Police originally charged Stukes and five other men with attempted armed robbery, conspiracy and discharging a weapon into an occupied property, but prosecutors eventually dismissed the charges for lack of evidence.
A civil court later determined that Mizay Entertainment, which is responsible for the security team’s actions, was liable for Stukes’ injury.”
Seifer said his client filed a civil lawsuit for personal injury damages “caused by their negligent and intentional acts” about two months after the incident, but Mizay Entertainment “didn’t offer penny one.”
A Mecklenburg County civil jury agreed on the amount to be paid to Stukes, who has since been signed to the Dyehard Entertainment label and, under his stage name TT, is featured on the Jus Joose song “100 Thousand Racks” along with Atlanta rapper Pastor Troy.
Seifer is pleased with the outcome of the case.
“I thought it was a just amount,” he said. “It sent a good message to them in Atlanta.”
By Melissa Ruggieri, Atlanta Music Scene