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Cobb County Superior Court

In this action, a former cheerleader and waitress sued a famous rapper for breaking a bottle over her head. The matter was resolved by a jury trial after the defendant disputed plaintiff’s damages claim.

On October 31 ________, the plaintiff, Shayla S., was working at a Tucker, Georgia nightclub when she was attacked by a patron. The plaintiff, who was a cheerleader for the Atlanta Falcons at the time, was struck in the head with a rum bottle by the defendant, Shawntae H. The defendant is also known as the rapper "Da Brat." The plaintiff sustained severe lacerations to her head and face, as well as brain trauma and nerve damage. The defendant was arrested and pleaded guilty to aggravated assault.

In ________, the plaintiff filed suit in Cobb County Superior Court for civil assault and personal injury, naming as defendant Shawntae H., and Jermaine D., as well as the owner of the club, on a charge of negligent security. The plaintiff sought compensatory damages for her medical care and lost wages and earning capacity, as well as punitives. Jermaine D. was dismissed from the case on summary judgment, with trial proceeding against Shawntae H., exclusively.

At trial, plaintiff asserted that her attack had lead to permanent scarring and nerve damage to her face, a disfigurement that cut short her career as an actress and cheerleader.The jury found for the plaintiff and awarded $________, including $________ in damages for personal injury and $________ in punitives.

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