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Snoop Dogg moves to have himself removed from lawsuit over Drakeo The Ruler’s death

By | Published on Wednesday 10 August 2022

Drakeo The Ruler

Snoop Dogg has moved to have himself removed from a lawsuit filed in relation to the death of rapper Drakeo The Ruler last year.

Drakeo The Ruler – real name Darrell Caldwell – was attacked by a group of people and stabbed shortly before he was due to go on stage at the Once Upon A Time In LA music festival last December. Following the stabbing, he was taken to hospital but died as a result of his injuries.

The remainder of the event was called off after the stabbing, which meant that performances by the likes of Snoop Dogg and 50 Cent were cancelled.

Caldwell’s brother Devante – who was also at the festival – launched legal action in relation to Darrell’s death in February this year. Snoop Dogg was named in that negligence lawsuit as a co-promoter of Once Upon A Time In LA, alongside Live Nation, C3 Presents and Bobby Dee Presents. Seeking $60 million in damages, the lawsuit claimed that “no security ever materialised to intervene” in the “ongoing mob attack that lasted up to fifteen minutes or more”.

Now, according to Rolling Stone, a lawyer representing both Snoop Dogg and Bobby Dee Presents has asked the court overseeing the case to remove his clients from the litigation and relieve them of any liability.

Caldwell’s lawsuit already acknowledges that Snoop Dogg’s company did not directly hire security for the event, but said that the rapper nevertheless “had a duty to implement and execute a security plan” and “provide adequate security to detect and prevent violent incidents”.

But the new filing counters that while the events that led to the death of Darrell Caldwell “are tragic”, that he would be attacked at the festival was not “foreseeable”.

“If no similar, third-party criminal conduct is alleged to have previously occurred at the relevant premises during a music festival like the one in this case”, says the filing, “demurring defendants had no duty to do more than they are alleged to have already done, regardless of the outcome”.

It remains to be seen how the court responds.

In addition to this lawsuit, there are two other pending civil cases in relation to Caldwell’s death – both wrongful death accusations – one filed by the rapper’s mother Darrylene Corniel and another filed on behalf of his only child. Last month, a lawyer representing Live Nation and C3 Presents said that she planned to file a motion to have all three cases consolidated.

There is also an ongoing criminal investigation, although so far police have announced no leads or arrests.