Rapper Heavy D. Sues Over ’91 Basketball Stampede
According to reports, 39-year-old rapper Heavy D. “Dwight Myers” has sued National Union Fire Insurance Company for $1.5 million which the rapper says it owes him after nine people were crushed to death in a stampede at a 1991 celebrity basketball game he helped organize along with Sean “P. Diddy” Combs and others at Nat Holman Gymnasium. The rapper states that he bought a $1 million policy from the company in 1989 the covered any works he did as an entertainer.
It is stated that over 5,000 people showed up at a City College of New York gymnasium, which had a capacity of about 2,700, for the Dec. 28, 1991, event. Eventually was caused the deaths was that fans crowded down a stairwell to a closed door, where people at the bottom were crushed, nine fatally.
The lawsuit was filed on Friday in Manhattan’s state Supreme Court. The state Supreme Court’s Appellate Division has ordered the insurance company to reimburse Myers for payments to victims or their families. Heavy D. seeks reimbursement totaling $791,899 plus interest of $381,167 for personal-injury and wrongful-death claims, and is asking for $324,919 for legal fees and costs incurred in suing the insurance company.
Heavy D. attorney, Paul Martin, stated to press on Monday the lawsuit seeks a determination of how much National Union will have to pay his client.