Boosie Badazz, whose real name is Torrence Hatch Jr., has just been ordered to pay $233,000 to a security guard, Glen Kerley, who works at a mall in Mississippi’s Gulf Coast.
Kerley alleges that he was assaulted by Hatch and his posse (comprised of a bodyguard and at least one other person) inside a Dillard’s store back in 2017.
Kerley stated that Hatch was being disruptive, and he was then asked to leave by store managers and Kerley. Kerley ultimately used pepper spray on Hatch and his crew, who then proceeded to attack him. Kerley’s injuries were serious enough to warrant contacting emergency services.
Hatch hasn’t appeared in court to defend the matter, though he is involved in an ongoing lawsuit against Dillard’s.
This isn’t Hatch’s first brush with the law.
Earlier this year, the Louisiana native had an incident — albeit one that was far less severe than the Kerley conflict — with American Airlines. Hatch missed his flight and subsequently accused AA of racism. However, an internal investigation chalked the episode up to unfortunate circumstances and relatively lackluster customer service, and Hatch hasn’t come forward with concrete evidence of discrimination.
For most observers, the incident sounded like a typical air travel nightmare, and not something to be taken personally — and certainly not the result of racism.
Beyond that, Hatch was sentenced to jail time for a 2008 drug possession charge. In 2011, he was sentenced to eight years in prison for additional drug charges, which were ultimately overturned. After being released from prison in 2014, Hatch remained on probation until 2018.
In April of 2019, he was arrested on felony drug and firearm possession charges.
Hatch’s newest studio album, Badazz 3.5, was released digitally on March 29th, 2019. Aside from that, Hatch hasn’t had much positive news to celebrate, though of course, legal problems often end up benefitting rap careers rather than hurting them.