Viacom Pushes Back Against $20 Million Lawsuit

May 2, 2017  •  Post A Comment

Viacom says it’s prepared to fight a $20 million lawsuit that was filed against the company by Jayceon Terrell Taylor, better known as the Game, a rapper who starred on the VH1 reality show “She’s Got Game.”

“Taylor filed suit Monday in Federal Court in the Central District of California, Western Division (Los Angeles), claiming Viacom should assume financial liability for his $7.1 million sexual harassment judgment of November, the result of allegations by Priscilla Rainey that he groped her during her stint on the VH1 show,” Variety reports.

Viacom issued a statement today saying: “In November 2016, a jury ordered Mr. Taylor to pay more than $7 million as a result of his actions against a former contestant of an unscripted television series produced by a third party. He is now seeking to shift the burden of his damages to Viacom through a misdirected legal action that is totally without merit. We will work with the production partner on this series to vigorously defend against this claim.”

Variety adds: “Taylor’s attorney, Andrew Williams, declined to comment beyond the allegations in the suit, which claims Viacom failed to act on due diligence regarding Rainey. Although Rainey is said to have initially passed the show’s psychological exams, subsequent findings that she had a record that included ‘a long and violent criminal history, including multiple felony arrests for aggravated battery’ and was allegedly hospitalized for mental illness in 2012 were ignored.”

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