Soulja Boy may have managed to escape paying his ex-girlfriend in excess of $235,000, as suggested by a new court memo.
Santa Monica Superior Court Judge Mark H. Epstein reportedly stated in a post-trial hearing that there was “no evidence presented” regarding Soulja Boy’s income by his ex-girlfriend, Kayla Myers.
An undated minute order from the judge’s clerk stated, “The court is concerned that, absent at least some evidence on this point, the issue should never have gone to the jury.”
A hearing on the matter is set for July 21, and there’s a possibility that Soulja Boy might not be required to pay punitive damages if the judge rules in his favor.
Last month, Soulja requested for a new trial in the assault and kidnapping case filed by his ex-girlfriend claiming that the jury in the original trial was engaging in misconduct.
In 2020, Soulja was accused of assault, battery, and false imprisonment by his ex-girlfriend Kayla Myers. The alleged assault and kidnapping took place at his Malibu home and reportedly lasted for six hours.
Meyers provided testimony and presented photographic evidence of her purported injuries, which notably featured three fractured ribs. Along with text messages, she additionally showcased direct messages that were allegedly sent to her by Soulja Boy.
Big Draco dodged criminal charges for assault, but cops later discovered weapons in his home, which violated his probation. He denied any wrongdoing and blamed a third party for Myers’ injuries.
Later that same month, Soulja (real name DeAndre Cortez Way) was ordered to pay Myers $235K when the jury found in her favor.
As per court records, Meyers was granted a sum of $235,900, comprising $1,800 for “mental health expenses” and $234,100 for “physical and mental pain and suffering.”
Furthermore, the jury has concluded that Soulja had participated in “malice, oppression, or fraud.”
According to Radar Online, the rapper-turned-Twitch streamer is requesting a new trial in part because, soon after a jury awarded Myers $235,000, she was given an additional $236,000 in “punitive damages,” which is what’s awarded when a defendant is punished for what the court deems is negligence and/or malice on his/her part. The entire amount of the judgment Myers received was close to $500,000.
As a result, Soulja’s attorneys on Thursday (June 8) submitted a motion for a new trial, arguing that there were “irregularities in the proceedings of the court, jury or adverse party, or any order of the court or abuse of discretion by which either party was prevented from having a fair trial,” as reported by Radar Online.
If Soulja Boy indeed avoids paying punitive damages to his ex-girlfriend, the “do-over” issue may become irrelevant or inconsequential.