November 2, 2002 |
A federal judge threw out a $70-million lawsuit filed by a crusader against gangsta rap who claimed that lawyers for two record labels tried to drive her to emotional and financial ruin. C. DeLores Tucker and her husband sued in 1999, claiming that she was the victim of malicious prosecution because of her campaign against gangsta rap. A Tucker lawyer said the ruling by U.S. District Judge Robert Takasugi dismissing her lawsuit would be appealed. A Death Row Records lawyer declined to comment.
December 23, 1995 |
EMI Urged to Stop 'Gangsta' Rap Distribution: C. DeLores Tucker, chairwoman of the National Political Congress of Black Women, has written a letter to Thorn-EMI Chairman Colin Southgate asking him to stop the music division of his British conglomerate from distributing "gangsta" rap music that she says "glorifies drugs, gang rape, gun-toting and violence." Tucker helped orchestrate the anti-rap campaign that pressured Time Warner Inc.
February 11, 1999 |
A judge dismissed a defamation lawsuit filed by a gangsta rap critic against two newsmagazines for their reports on her earlier lawsuit against the estate of slain rapper Tupac Shakur. U.S. District Judge Ronald L. Buckwalter threw out C. DeLores Tucker's lawsuit against Time, Newsweek, writers for those two publications, and Shakur estate lawyer Richard Fischbein. Buckwalter ruled that Tucker, a former Pennsylvania secretary of state, was a public figure in the eyes of the law.
February 8, 1996 |
Rap music critic C. DeLores Tucker has asked the federal government to investigate whether record retailers are breaking the law by selling what she calls "obscene" rap lyrics to minors. Tucker, chairwoman of the National Political Congress of Black Women, wrote the Justice Department a letter in December complaining about the negative impact of gangsta rap music on children. The Justice Department asked her to direct her complaints to the FBI.
October 2, 1997 |
Gangsta rap critic C. DeLores Tucker filed a $5-million defamation lawsuit Wednesday against Time and Newsweek, saying the magazines published malicious articles about her sex life. The suit, filed in Philadelphia federal court, says Time and Newsweek purposely mischaracterized a "loss of consortium" claim listed in a separate $10-million defamation suit lodged by Tucker in July against the estate of rapper Tupac Shakur.
August 1, 1997 |
C. DeLores Tucker, who built a national reputation criticizing the violent and lewd lyrics of gangsta rap, has found a new and personal objection to rap lyrics. Tucker, in a lawsuit filed this week in Philadelphia federal court, contends that Tupac Shakur's estate should pay her $10 million because lyrics on a 1996 album made derogatory references to her. Among other things, the lawsuit says, the anguish caused by those lyrics cut down on her sex life with her husband.