Plies - Rapper Plies No Longer Responsible For Paying Compensation Over Shooting
Rapper Plies has scored a financial break after a Florida judge overturned a previous ruling ordering him to pay compensation to five victims injured in a 2006 nightclub shooting.
Five people were hurt during the rapper's performance in Gainesville, Florida after a fight between Plies' entourage and audience members broke out and gunshots were fired into the crowd.
Plies, real name Algernod Washington, pleaded no contest to a misdemeanour charge of possession of a concealed weapon, which was found after the shooting incident, and he was placed on probation. His brother, Ronell Levatte, served three years in prison for his part in the incident.
In December (11), a civil jury found the hip-hop star and his sibling responsible for the shooting and Plies was ordered to pay over $35,000 (£21,875) to the victims, while Levatte had to pay $50,000 (£31,250).
But last week (ends30Mar12), a judge ruled Plies could not be held responsible for the shooting because there was no proof he knew his brother had guns or what was set to unfold at his show.
Plies no longer has to hand over the $35,000, although the ruling against his brother still stands, reports AllHipHop.com.