Atlanta rapper Da Brat, whose real name is Shawntae Harris, was ordered to pay $6.4 million to Shayla Stevens, who she attacked with a rum bottle in 2007. A Cobb County jury ruled in favor of Stevens Thursday afternoon.
Da Brat, who served nearly three years in prison for the attack against the former Atlanta Falcons cheerleader and waitress, was ordered to pay $3.7 million in compensatory damages and an additional $2.7 million in punitive damages.
Da Brat’s attorney, B.J. Bernstein, said she was baffled by the verdict. Adding, “She owned up to what happened and was punished.”
The rapper attacked Shayla Stevens at a Halloween party at Studio 72, an Atlanta club owned by hip-hop mogul Jermaine Dupri.
Mark Link, Stevens’ attorney, told the Atlanta Journal Constitution that she has a “brain injury” and “it’s not something that will ever go away.”
Da Brat is still on probation for the attack.