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Monday, August 13, 2007

Ja Rule In Court ...AGAIN!!!

Monday, August 13, 2007
By: Kenny Rodriguez

Ja RuleWhile Ja Rule faces a serious weapons charge after being arrested last month in New York, the Murder Inc. rapper was in a court last week for a less minor offense – allegedly not paying his plumber.

Ja Rule, born Jeffrey Atkins, is disputing a criminal complaint brought by a local contractor who claims he was never paid $8,000 after fixing a bad leak at the rapper’s $3.5 million mansion in Saddle River, NJ.

“We put in 150 hours of manpower, which I gave to him for $13,000,” said Joel Tobia, insisting that he and six other men finished the work in three days.

“He paid me $5,000 and wouldn’t pay me the rest. I don’t know why.”

Brian Neary, Ja Rule’s lawyer, claimed that “some work was done,” but that the actual amount owed was $4,000 and disputed “whether the work was done properly and whether money is owed.”

The hearing on Thursday follows a previous ruling of $8,000 awarded to Tobia after Ja Rule failed to show up in civil court.

Meanwhile Ja Rule is currently free on $150,000 bail stemming from an incident in July, when the rapper was arrested after police pulled over his vehicle and found a semi-automatic handgun in the car.


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