A California judge is considering voiding the damages awarded to Soulja Boy’s ex-girlfriend in a civil dispute over a 2019 assault and kidnapping.
According to MyNewsLA, Judge Mark Epstein expressed concern about the jury’s lack of information in the case on Thursday (June 29). In April, the jury awarded $235,900 in punitive damages to Kayla Myers, Soulja Boy’s ex-girlfriend.
Judge Epstein stated that Myers did not provide evidence of Soulja Boy’s income, debt, expenses, or savings during the trial. This issue will be addressed at a hearing scheduled for July 21.
“The court is concerned that, without at least some evidence on this point, the matter should never have been presented to the jury,” a judicial clerk wrote.
Myers filed a lawsuit against Soulja Boy, whose real name is DeAndre Way, for allegedly attacking her at his Malibu home. She accused the rapper of assault and kidnapping at a party in 2019.
The jury sided with Myers and awarded her damages for physical and mental pain and suffering. Myers also received compensation for mental health expenses.
“We are pleased with the jury’s verdict,” said Myers’ lawyer, Max Engelhardt. “Mr. Way assaulted and terrorized Kayla, and this was supported by the evidence and testimony. The punitive damages were significant, and hopefully, they will serve as a reminder to Mr. Way that his celebrity status does not excuse violence.”
Soulja Boy has requested a new trial, with his lawyers citing jury misconduct as one of the reasons for a retrial.