Da Brat Ordered To Pay $6.4 Million To Bottle Attack Victim


Atlanta Rapper Da Brat was ordered by a jury Thursday afternoon (Feb. 27) to pay a whopping $6.4 million to the woman she attacked with liquor bottle.

The case stems from a 2007 altercation in an Atlanta nightclub where Da Brat, whose real name is Shawntae Harris, assaulted the former Atlanta Falcons cheerleader and waitress named Shayla Stevens. The rapper served more than three years in prison after pleading guilty to aggravated assault regarding the incident.

Stevens later filed a civil suit against Harris citing permanent facial scarring, neurological impairment and severe mental pain. Initially the jury ordered Harris $3.7 million in compensatory damages. An additional $2.7 million was added on for punitive damages.

Harris’ attorney told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution the amount her client was ordered to pay was excessive considering the prior punishment.

“I’m baffled,” Attorney B.J. Bernstein said. “She owned up to what happened when it happened and was punished.”

But Stevens’ attorney said the outcome fits to the crime.

“She has a brain injury and is a brain injury survivor,” Mark Link, an attorney for Stevens, told The AJC. “It’s not something that will ever go away. She has a scar on her face. She had so much going for her and for it come to an abrupt stop because of this attack.”

The “Funkdafied” creator was released from prison in May 2010. She was also sentenced to seven years probation and 200 hours of community service.

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