The lawyer who helped put rapper Remy Ma behind bars for shooting and injuring her client is taking record company executives at the jailed star's label to court for allegedly promoting violence and bad behaviour.
Lauren P. Raysor has filed an appellate brief, in which she calls on Universal Music Group bosses to take responsibility for their rap artists' actions.
Raysor hopes that the Appellate Court will understand and reverse a lower court’s decision not to hold Universal Music Group responsible for the violent acts committed by Remy Ma, aka Remy Smith.
She says, "Universal hires and encourages rap artists to act violently and engage in anti-social behaviour in order to sell CDs. Thus, part of the performer’s persona promoted by the company is to 'keep it real' and remain 'gangsta'.
"It is our position that Universal is responsible for the negligent hiring of artist Remy Ma, in that they were aware of her violent behaviour and actions and failed to train, supervise or take any precaution to protect the public."
The rapper was jailed for shooting Makeda Barnes-Joseph - Raysor's client - in the stomach during a 2007 dispute. As a result of her injuries, Barnes-Joseph required three surgeries and is still experiencing numbness in her legs.
Remy Ma, real name Reminisce Smith, is currently serving an eight-year prison sentence after she was convicted of assault, illegal weapon possession and attempted coercion in connection with charges of shooting Barnes-Joseph.
Oral arguments between Raysor and Universal's lawyers are scheduled between May and June 2010.
Last year (09), the top New York civil rights attorney called on record company executives to insert a "morality clause" in artist contracts in a bid to crack down on violence in the music industry.