Rick Ross, the self-described Teflon Don, isn’t as lucky in court as his namesake, John Gotti. New York’s Daily News reports that a judge ordered the Deeper Than Rap star to go deep into his pockets and pay out $300,000 to DJ Vlad for damages obtained during a fight in 2008.
Vlad Lyubovny, a former mixtape DJ turned proprietor of the hip-hop website vladtv.com—a site labeling itself as “the TMZ of hip-hop”—sued the Miami rapper after he was ruffed up by Ross’ crew at the 2008 Ozone Awards. Ross was apparently angry that Lyubovny reported about his past as a corrections officer. After the confrontation, Vlad suffered a broken eye socket.
Yesterday (April 15), a Manhattan federal jury awarded Vlad $50,000 in compensatory damages and $250,000 in punitive damages.
“As an individual that covers breaking news in the hip hop world…I am grateful that the jury punished Rick Ross for setting me up, when all I was doing was covering the news and making commentary,” Vlad said after the verdict was announced.
Ross has yet to comment on the suit. —Elan Mancini