Chicago rap has taken a dark and disturbing turn in recent months. Rapper Lil Jojo was gunned down last month after posting a video to YouTube in which he insulted fellow Chicago rappers Chief Keef and Lil Reese. In a tweet, Chief Keef allegedly gloated over the 16-year-old rapper’s demise. He’s currently being investigated in the murder.
On Thursday, a video surfaced that allegedly shows Lil Reese brutally beating a female victim, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. In a recent tweet, the rapper seemed to confirm his role in the video, referring to the beating as “sum s*** from years ago.”
In the video, a young woman tries to kick a group of young men out of her home. She begins to argue with one of the men, purported to be Lil Reese. The man then approaches the woman and repeatedly punches her with both hands. He continues to punch and kick the woman after she falls to the ground screaming.
Chicago police aren’t actively investigating the beating because they’re not sure who the victim is, according to authorities. However, they’ve saved a copy of the video in case the victim comes forward.
On top of any criminal charges that may arise, the victim could file a civil suit against Lil Reese if it’s true he’s the assailant. Now that the rapper is signed to Def Jam Recordings, she could walk away with a hefty injury award.
The victim probably has a viable claim for civil battery. Battery is the infliction of harmful or offensive contact to the body of another, without the victim’s consent.
If the video is actually “from years ago,” however, the statute of limitations could be a problem. Generally, the claimant has two years from the time of injury to file a lawsuit against the defendant.
However, if the victim was a minor at the time of the attack the statute of limitations doesn’t begin to run until she turns 18. That means that underage victims generally have until their 20th birthday to file a suit. Considering Lil Reese is only 19, there’s a good chance the victim was a minor at the time of the video.
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