Rapper Afroman has been sued by seven law enforcement officials on the grounds that he improperly used video from a police raid on his Ohio home last year in one of his music videos. Four deputies, two sergeants, and a detective with the Adams County Sheriff’s Office brought the suit earlier this month, claiming invasion of privacy.
None of the other law enforcement personnel who took part in the raid are listed as plaintiffs. The plaintiffs claim that the rapper, whose real name is Joseph Foreman, used images of their faces from the raid in music videos and social media posts without getting their permission. “Emotional distress, embarrassment, ridicule, loss of reputation, and humiliation,” they claim it has brought about.
Foreman’s income from using the plaintiffs’ personalities is what the plaintiffs are suing for in full. Foreman’s Afroman brand, under which he sells beer, marijuana, T-shirts, and other goods, is promoted as well as the earnings from the songs, music videos, and live event tickets. They also seek a court injunction to take down all videos and posts bearing their personas.
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Foreman, his recording company, and a Texas-based media distribution business are named as defendants in the lawsuit. Foreman promised to countersue “for the undeniable damage this had on my clients, family, career, and property” in an Instagram post on Wednesday.
According to authorities, police were acting on a warrant that stated there was probable cause to believe that Foreman’s property would contain drugs and drug paraphernalia, as well as evidence of trafficking and kidnapping. However, it turned out that those concerns were false, and no solid criminal evidence was uncovered during the raid. No charges were ever filed.
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When the raid’s looted cash was given back to Foreman, it seemed like hundreds of dollars were missing. Deputies had miscounted the amount taken during the raid itself, according to an investigation conducted afterward by the state Bureau of Criminal Investigation.
Foreman is best known for his songs “Because I Got High” and “Crazy Rap,” which were both featured on his album “The Good Times.” He also made his intentions to run for a president known last December and is well known for his political activism.
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