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Posted by Robert
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1/30/2004 8:12:27 PM

Tags and topics realted to this article include Snoop Dogg and Suge Knight.

A judge dismissed a suit against Snoop Dogg by a Compton man who said the rapper used his answering machine message in a song without his permission, endangering his life.

The suit was filed last March in Los Angeles Superior Court on behalf of an unidentified man.

He alleged that Snoop Dog used a one-minute message left on his answering machine in a song called "Pimp Slapp'd" on the album "Paid the Cost to be Tha Boss," released in 2002.

The plaintiff was seeking unspecified monetary damages. In addition to Snoop Dogg, whose real name is Calvin Broadus, other defendants included Capitol Records.

The plaintiff kept his identity secret in court papers for safety concerns, but on the message he left on the hip hop artist's machine in October 2002, the man used the nickname Jim Bob.

Jim Bob stated his support of Snoop Dogg in his rivalry with fellow rap impresario Marion "Suge" Knight, the suit stated.

Jim Bob allegedly was threatened after the release of Snoop Dogg's album in November 2002, and feared for the safety of his elderly mother, who also lives in Compton, according to the suit.

"The plaintiff fears for his life and that of his elderly mother because it appears that he, as a resident of Compton -- where Suge Knight apparently has a lot of pull and is feared -- is supporting Broadus in the turf war," the suit stated.

Authorities believe that an East vs. West hip-hop turf war may have resulted in the shooting deaths of rappers Tupac Shakur in Las Vegas and Notorious B.I.G. in Los Angeles.

But Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Lawrence W. Crispo agreed with the defendants' arguments that the plaintiff had no expectation to privacy when he left the phone message.

Crispo originally granted the defendants' request to dismiss the case in November, and upheld that ruling Jan. 8 when the plaintiffs did not file a motion for the judge to reconsider.

A status conference had been scheduled for Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court.

Plaintiff's attorney Neville Johnson was unavailable today for comment, his secretary said.

According to the suit, when the plaintiff asked Snoop Dogg why he used the message, the entertainer said he had to because "it was so real."

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