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Juvenile Not Guilty

Posted By on November 13, 2006

Juvenile had his name cleared in a lawsuit brought against him by an off-duty Jacksonville, FL police officer yesterday (November 9).

The suit, which was filed by Melissa Huxley-Bujeda in 2003, claimed Juvenile (born Terius Gray) was responsible for injuring her knee while she tried to break up a mall fight involving the rapper in 1999.

According to Huxley-Bujeda's suit, Juve and his entourage were asked to leave Regency Square Mall on July 23, 1999 because their dress and language were in violation of mall policies.

When the rapper and his associates began using profanity, Huxley-Bujeda said she was called to the scene to issue a trespass warning. Upon her arrival, a scuffle broke out and she allegedly injured her knee while trying to control Juvenile.

The former Cash Money Records star was then arrested on charges of breach of the peace and resisting an officer with violence, which were eventually dropped.

Since the incident, Huxley-Bujeda had four surgeries on her left knee and ended up with $68,635 in medical bills, which she was seeking via the suit.

On Thursday (November 9), a jury of six ruled in favor of Juvenile and found him not responsible for any damages.

During the trial, Juve's attorneys called in an expert who said Huxley-Bujeda had degenerative arthritis that had been developing for years.The attorneys discovered that she had hurt her knees about 35 times as a child, through cheerleading, gymnastics and other sports.

"We got them, we got them, we got them," Juvenile told The Florida Times Union while leaving Duval County Courthouse after the verdict. "Just the fact that it's a rap artist against the police, that never happens. Rappers never win. We never win against the police or the government."

Juve revealed that he wrote a new song while the trial took place. It's going to be a part of a new album, The New 400 Degrees. He said he thinks he'll call the song, "The Verdict." "I got to benefit off this in some kind of way," Juvenile said.

Huxley-Bujeda declined comment. Her lawyer divulged that he will file a motion for a new trial or an appeal.