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3/18/2004 10:20:48 PM
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It's the video that has triggered a bizarre legal battle. Ja Rule's "I Cry," from his 2000 release, "Rule 3:36," depicts Ja Rule as a man coping with the murder of his friend, a murder he and his crew later avenge on a street corner.
But now, Baltimore resident Tony Veanie claims the "I Cry" video hit too close to home. Veanie has filed a lawsuit against Ja Rule's record label claiming trouble started when portions of the "I Cry" video were shot in his Baltimore neighborhood.
In the handwritten suit, Veanie says: "The nature of this video was about violence and killing. I was threatened, shot at and stabbed," after its release. Now Veanie wants $25,000 in damages.
In the lawsuit, Veanie refers to Ja Rule's record label as "Murder Inc." though it's now known simply as "The Inc.", the word "murder" was dropped last year -- presumably to shed the label's violent image.
But Veanie says the name change means little -- he's convinced that the violent images in the video have already cost him dearly.
We contacted "The Inc." for comment. A representative told us they had not yet heard about the lawsuit but figured the man who filed it must be quote: "sick in the head."
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