Morgan concert attendee files suit

August 29, 2007|By June Arney | June Arney,Sun reporter

A Morgan State University concert-goer has filed a lawsuit alleging that she was knocked to the ground and trampled last year when a large amount of cash was thrown into the crowd during a performance by rapper Lil' Wayne.

Tyrique Layne, a student at Morgan at the time, filed the lawsuit yesterday in Baltimore Circuit Court, claiming that she required overnight hospitalization as a result of injuries she suffered last October at the concert held at the university.

In addition to Lil' Wayne, whose given name is Dwayne Michael Carter, the suit names Universal Records Inc., Cash Money Records Inc. and Young Money Touring Inc.

Stacey Richman, an attorney who has represented Lil' Wayne in another matter, said she did not have any information on the lawsuit and could not comment. The other defendants and an attorney for Layne could not be reached for comment.

This month, the executive director of the city liquor board ordered microphones shut down at Clarence H. Du Burns Arena at the Lil' Wayne and Juelz Santana show.

Last year's Morgan State concert was sold out in a field house that holds 4,000, officials said at the time. Three women were hurt when the money - mostly $1 bills, but including some $5, $10 and $20 bills - was tossed into the crowd, according to accounts then.

Carter was arrested last month and charged with criminal possession of a weapon in Manhattan after a Lil' Wayne & Friends concert. Richman told a judge that police were targeting celebrities, something she has described as "hip-hop targeting," in that arrest, according to reports in the New York Daily News. Carter pleaded not guilty to those charges, according to news reports.

Layne, of Fort Washington, a high school valedictorian and member of the National Honor Society, was a 17-year-old freshman at Morgan State at the time she attended the concert at Hill Field House.

Seating was set up on the floor level, and Layne was standing near the stage as Lil' Wayne began performing as the opening act, the court papers say.

The lawsuit contends that Layne, who is seeking $1 million plus interest and costs, suffers frequent and severe headaches, neck and back pain, memory loss, difficulty concentrating, fatigue and other symptoms as a result of her injuries.

june.arney@baltsun.com

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