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Fabolous will sue New York City for $5 million. He says his March arrest on weapons charges was unfounded and damaging to his reputation

Fabolous | HIP-HOPPIN' MAD Fabolous says gun charges damaged his reputation
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HIP-HOPPIN' MAD Fabolous says gun charges damaged his reputation

In March, when New York City cops arrested him on weapons possession charges, Fabolous said the case was ''giving me a bad name. I'm innocent. Some people may say [guns] give you street credibility, but it doesn't work for me. It hurts a lot of things, like endorsements.'' In fact, he's so concerned about the damage to his reputation and to his earning potential that he's suing the city for $5 million, MTV News reports.

The arrest, which came four days after the ''Street Dreams'' rapper signed an endorsement deal with Reebok, took place after a nightclub performance, when a bouncer tipped police that Fabolous' bodyguard had a gun. The bodyguard said the gun was his and that he had a Massachusetts permit to carry it. However, prosecutors declined to dismiss the case, and in June, Fabolous filed notice of intent to sue the city. Among his complaints: false imprisonment, false arrest, police misconduct, malicious prosecution, abuse of authority and process, violation of civil rights, failure to investigate in a lawful manner, intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligent infliction of emotional distress, and violation of civil rights under the Fourth, Fifth, and 14th Amendments to the Constitution and the New York State Constitution.

The city has said it won't comment on Fabolous' claims until he actually files suit. Meanwhile, Fabolous (real name: John Jackson) faces additional charges stemming from an arrest in Brooklyn in January, when police say they found two guns in a van he was riding in. That case comes before the court in September.

Originally posted Jul 18, 2003