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A former member of Philadelphia's finest has filed a $750,000 lawsuit against rapper Meek Mill, claiming his smack-talk in the media has rendered the ex-cop's "performance" with his fiancée somewhat less than fine.
The conflict stems from a 2012 incident in which Philadelphia police stopped and detained the rapper for 10 hours while they searched the car he was riding in for drugs. Mill subsequently filed a lawsuit against the Philadelphia PD, which he lost earlier this year.
One of the officers involved in the incident -- who was later fired for other reasons -- has now filed a lawsuit claiming Meek Mill defamed him in interviews about the arrest, making it hard to get another job and to ... you know, with his bride-to-be, reports TMZ.
Will the ex-cop fare any better than Meek Mill did in his own lawsuit?
On Halloween night 2012, Meek Mill and three other black men -- including an off-duty cop and a record company executive -- were riding in a Range Rover, picking up some of Mill's friends on the way to the airport. Two Philadelphia PD officers stopped the car for a window tint violation, and an officer reported that he smelled marijuana. A drug dog that was called in also indicated marijuana, so the car was impounded and Mill was detained while the car was searched.
No drugs were ever found in the car, and Mill was released with no charges -- but only after being held for 10 hours at the police station. That caused him to miss his album release party in Atlanta and lose out on over $39,000 in appearance fees.
Mill brought a lawsuit claiming that the officers conspired to falsely imprison him in violation of his Fourth Amendment rights. Mill lost the lawsuit, but one of the two officers named in the suit, Andre Boyer, was later fired for unrelated reasons, Philly.com reports.
Broyer is now suing Mills, claiming that his reputation has been damaged as a result of Mills' lawsuit and the the subsequent publicity. Broyer is also apparently seeking compensation for something akin to loss of consortium with his fiancée.
Although a claim of loss of consortium does include inability to perform sexually, it also encompasses the other benefits provided by spouses, or in the case, almost-spouses: affection, solace, comfort, companionship, society, assistance, etc. The value placed on these services can vary, although $750,000 sounds pretty steep.
Broyer will also, of course, have to actually win his lawsuit, and proving defamation will require that Broyer prove that what Mill has said isn't true (which may be tough) and also that it's not just an opinion. Opinions aren't generally subject to defamation to defamation laws due to their subjective nature.
News reports don't indicate whether Meek Mill has been served with the lawsuit. He has yet to publicly comment on the ex-cop's allegations.
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