Afroman is being sued by police for ‘invasion of privacy and emotional distress’ after using footage of a raid of his home in his music videos
Afroman has been accused of improperly using footage from a police raid on his Ohio home last year in his music videos by seven enforcement officers.
Four deputies, two sergeants and a detective with the Adams County Sheriff’s Office filed the lawsuit earlier this month Winchester, Ohio, claiming invasion of privacy.
Other cops, who were involved in the raid, are not named as plaintiffs.
The plaintiffs say the 48-year-old rapper — born Joseph Foreman — took footage of their faces obtained during the August 2022 raid and used it in music videos and social media posts without their consent.
They say that has caused them ’emotional distress, embarrassment, ridicule, loss of reputation and humiliation.’
Legal woes: Afroman has been accused of improperly using footage from a police raid on his Ohio home last year in his music videos by seven enforcement officers (pictured in 2018)
The plaintiffs are seeking all of Foreman’s profits from his use of their personas. That includes proceeds from the songs, music videos and live event tickets, as well as the promotion of Foreman’s Afroman brand, under which he sells beer, marijuana, T-shirts and other merchandise.
They also seek a court injunction to take down all videos and posts containing their personas.
The suit names Foreman, his recording firm and a Texas-based media distribution company as defendants. In an Instagram post made Wednesday, Foreman vowed to countersue ‘for the undeniable damage this had on my clients, family, career and property.’
Law enforcement officers were acting on a warrant that stated probable cause existed that drugs and drug paraphernalia would be found on Foreman’s property and that trafficking and kidnapping had taken place there, authorities have said. Those suspicions turned out to be unfounded, though, and the raid failed to turn up probative criminal evidence. No charges were ever filed.
When cash seized during the raid was returned to Foreman, it appeared that hundreds of dollars were missing. A subsequent review by the state Bureau of Criminal Investigation determined that deputies had miscounted the amount seized during the raid itself.
Over the summer, the Palmdale native told TMZ he was not at home when police arrived to his property, but was alerted to the raid by neighbors, who took photos and video of police at his home.
Afroman – who was in Chicago at the time of the raid – detailed the incident on his Instagram account, where he posted photo of what appeared to be police cars on his front lawn.
In the caption, he suggested his persistent attempts to follow up on a home burglary may have led to the raid.
‘While I’m out here working and paying taxes the. Adams county sheriff department is at my house kicc-ing in my door and stealing my money. One time my house got burglarize while I was on tour,’ he began in the caption of the photo.
‘For home insurance purposes I tried to fill out a police report. The cop came out three days later he told me they was really busy. He took my report. I would call every day and see if there was any progress being made. The Adams county sheriff department threaten to arrest me for checc-ing up on the case too frequently. I excepted the fact that the police department is not necessary here to protect and serve me a blacc man in America so I just took my loss and never called bacc.
Bizarre twist: Four deputies, two sergeants and a detective with the Adams County Sheriff´s Office filed the lawsuit earlier this month Winchester, Ohio, claiming invasion of privacy; seen in 2015
‘Now here they are kicc-ing in my door looking for weapons of mass destruction and 100,000,000 pounds of weed lol wow Donald Trump calls these investigations witchhunts.’
He also shared surveillance footage of authorities in his bedroom.
‘All in my bedroom messed up my bedspread. Where is the guns? Where is the dope? What if you don’t find anything? Are you going to make my bed back hang my suits bacc up? Put my door back on the hinges? Does anybody have Ben Crump’s phone number?’ he posted in the caption, referencing the attorney Ben Crump.
Afroman also shared photo of his door knocked to the ground with the caption: ‘I am still the American dream.’
In his final posting on the matter, he shared video of police going through his suits. ‘Going through my suits. Looking for what ?’ he captioned the clip.
At the time, Afroman told TMZ he was uncertain why he was being searched for illicit substances and insisted all he had at home was a jar of hemp and a vape pen.
The Because I Got High singer told the site he felt the raid was BS and suggested he was profiled due to his music, according to the site.
‘They took like some roaches and a vape pen and a jar of CBD,’ he told TMZ. ‘I think they thought I had hundreds and thousands of pounds or something like that… They really didn’t have to run up my driveway with AR-15s and all kind of assault weapons, but I would have gladly just given that to them. So, I don’t know… just for those few things, they could have just asked me for that.’
‘They said they want me to come down and make a statement. I need a lawyer, I don’t know why they came here like this… If Ben Crump, if you’re listening, I’m trying to get a hold of you!’
The plaintiffs say the 48-year-old rapper (born Joseph Foreman) took footage of their faces obtained during the August 2022 raid and used it in music videos and social media posts without their consent
Plans to fight back: The suit names Foreman, his recording firm and a Texas-based media distribution company as defendants. In an Instagram post made Wednesday, Foreman vowed to countersue ‘for the undeniable damage this had on my clients, family, career and property (seen in 2002)
Despite coming up empty handed, they still want him to come in and make a statement.
‘Right, they could’ve told me to do that in the first place or they could’ve… just knocked on the door and if they needed the two or three roaches that they found laying around,’ he said of them wanting him to make a statement.
Foreman is best known for his songs Because I Got High and Crazy Rap, which were both featured on his album The Good Times.
He is also known for his political activism and announced last December that he plans to run for president.
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