Master P might have to pay grandma

Master P might have to pay grandma

A judge Monday opened the door for possible punitive damages to be awarded to a Pomona grandmother against rapper Master P, even though a jury previously found him not liable.


A judge Monday opened the door for possible punitive damages to be awarded to a Pomona grandmother against rapper Master P, even though a jury previously found him not liable.

Pomona Superior Court Judge R. Bruce Minto ruled Master P’s record company, Boutit Inc., and brother, Corey ”C-Murder” Miller, can be assessed punitive damages.

Geneva Burger, 79, sued Master P, whose real name is Percy Miller, in 1999 for invasion of privacy and emotional distress.

”When people get hooked on pot, can they get sick if they don’t get it?” Burger asked musician Johnny Lupo during a telephone conversation in late 1997.

Burger did not know Lupo secretly taped what they were saying. The tape went to various people and, without her permission, the remark about marijuana became the introduction to ”No Limit,” the 13th song on artist Magic’s 1998 record ”Skys the Limit,” according to court records.

The song is about marijuana use and Master P was the record’s executive producer. Also singing verses on the song are Corey Miller and Snoop Doggy Dogg.

Dogg, whose real name is Calvin Broadus, was introduced to the sound bite by Marc D’Andrea, a West Covina man who cleans carpets for him, according to court records.

Dogg and his record company, Dogghouse Records, settled before trial with Burger for $75,000. Priority Records, the record’s distributor, settled for $375,000.

Minto must now decide whether Master P can be accountable for any punitive damages the judge orders his corporation to pay. A hearing is set May 20.

Boutit Inc. did business under the name No Limit Records Inc. The business was suspended as a corporation before trial by the Secretary of State, causing a default.

Corey Miller is in Louisiana awaiting a trial on felony charges and also defaulted.

Master P’s attorney, Donald K. Wilson Jr., said Monday he was surprised Minto agreed to consider evidence beyond what was introduced at the trial. A jury found in favor of Master P on April 12, but was not allowed to assess liability against the defaulting parties.

Wilson said he told Master P the afternoon of the verdict that he had won – for now.

”When I talked to him that afternoon he was very happy,” Wilson said of Master P. ”But I warned him at the time that the fight was not over and that this could go on for another year.”

Jurors said there was no evidence Master P intentionally caused Burger harm.

However, Burger’s lawyer, Neville L. Johnson, said the jurors also said they wanted to find a way to give Burger money. Master P deserves to be held liable, he said.

”He put his name and company on the record to help sales and 100 percent of the revenue went to him,” Johnson said.

In his ruling Monday, Minto also assessed Corey Miller and Boutit Inc. $35,000 in compensatory damages. But punitive damages are meant to punish a defendant and the amount could be far higher.

Burger, who uses a wheelchair, suffers from high blood pressure and heart problems. The widow has lived in Pomona for 42 years and formerly owned a nursing home in the city.

Share this story
Master P Related Stories
Leave Your Comment
Master P Related Songs & Videos