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Rap-a-Lot’s J. Prince Sues Apple, BET

We would just like to make one thing clear upfront: To the best of our knowledge, Rap-A-Lot Records owner J. Prince is neither a murderer nor a member of a Chicago gang called The Gangster Disciples.

Now then: J. Prince has filed suit against Apple, Black Entertainment Television and parent company Viacom for defamation by calling him a murderer on an episode of BET’s popular series “American Gangster,” which was made available on iTunes. The suit was filed last Friday in federal court in Houston.

According to an article in Information Week, the show featured photos of Prince and Rap-A-Lot employee Thomas Randle with the word “murderer” stamped across their faces. The suit demands the episode be pulled from distribution.

Apple, BET and Viacom have not issued a formal response. Probably because they’re scared of being murdered. – Craig Malisow

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