BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Rapper Lil Boosie is encouraging people to stay away from the Mississippi Gulf Coast in a new social media video. The video, posted this week, comes just as the hip hop star and the City of Biloxi reach a settlement in a lawsuit filed by Lil Boosie.
Lil Boosie, whose real name is Torrence Hatch, filed the lawsuit after an altercation inside Dillard’s at Edgewater Mall in April 2017. It happened during Spring Break, where the rapper was performing at a Black Beach Weekend event.
The details of the settlement have not been released but an order filed in federal court Wednesday says the rapper and two other plaintiffs named in the case have reached a settlement with the city, as well as defendants Jim Wilson and Associates and Weiser Security Services. However, a lawsuit filed against Dillard's has not been resolved and is still ongoing.
Lil Boosie took to social media on Tuesday, telling people to stay away from Biloxi and Gulfport, saying: "Do not support Black Beach [Weekend] at all. These people have a special hate for black humanitarians, for real. They hate us, bro. Do not support or your life gonna be in danger.”
This isn’t the first time Lil Boosie has taken to social media to slam the Gulf Coast. In April 2018, the hip hop star called for people to boycott Spring Break just days before the event.
Lil Boosie claimed in the lawsuit that he, his cousin and her children, as well as a member of his crew, suffered physical injuries and emotional distress after being attacked by an off-duty police officer who was working as a security guard for the department store on April 9, 2017.
The incident that happened inside the department store was caught on camera by a shopper following the rapper and his entourage. That video, which showed a security guard pepper spraying Hatch and other people who were with him, caused an uproar on social media.
In the lawsuit, the rapper claimed that one of the defendants, his cousin Tyeon Givens, was 27 weeks pregnant with twins at the time of the altercation. Because of the assault and emotional distress, the lawsuit stated Givens went into labor early, delivering premature twins who suffered from cardiac, respiratory, and other issues. The two infants were initially listed in the lawsuit but an order filed this week removed them as plaintiffs.