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Rapper Da Brat to pay $6.4 million to assault victim

Shawntae Harris, better known as Da Brat, was arrested in 2007 for assault.
Shawntae Harris, better known as Da Brat, was arrested in 2007 for assault.Dekalb County Sheriff's Office

Da Brat, an Atlanta rapper most famous for her 1994 album "Funkdafied," appeared in a Cobb County courtroom on Thursday, where she was ordered to pay $6.4 million in damages stemming from a 2007 altercation, AJC reports.

Shawntae Harris, 39, known by her stage name, Da Brat, already served close to three years in Arrendale State Prison after attacking former Atlanta Falcons cheerleader, Shayla Stevens, with a glass bottle. The assault occurred at Atlanta's Studio 72 in October of 2007, during a Halloween party hosted by producer and rapper, Jermaine Dupree. In 2009, Stevens filed a civil suit in Cobb County against Harris.

According to Mark Link, the attorney representing Stevens, the physical damage done to his client was so severe that she now suffers lifelong injuries.

“She has a brain injury and is a brain injury survivor. It’s not something that will ever go away. She has a scar on her face. She had so much going for her and for it come to an abrupt stop because of this attack," Link told local reporters.

Consequently, Harris was ordered to pay Stevens $2.7 million in punitive damages and $3.7 million in compensatory damages.

Both Harris and her attorney, A.J. Bernstein were surprised to hear the verdict. Bernstein stated that Harris has owned up to the assault she inflicted and that the jury's verdict was excessive.

So far, no decision regarding an appeal has been made.