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Rick Ross and Young Jeezy Sued by BET Awards Security Guard

Around 7 p.m. on September 19, 2012, Young Jeezy and Rick Ross got into an argument backstage at the BET Awards in Atlanta. The war of words quickly turned into a massive altercation involving the Atlanta and Broward residents' respective cliques. But while it was reported that violence spread to the parking lot and might have even led to shots fired, a new lawsuit alleges that chaos unfurled throughout the backstage area, resulting in the injury of a security worker.

According to the complaint, "a large crowd of people charged through a door that was situated beside Plaintiff, in an attempt to escape a fight between the employees, friends and entourage of Jay Jenkins and the employees, friends, and entourage of William Leonard Roberts II, aka Rick Ross."

Apparently, "the large and boisterous crowd rushed through the door while Plaintiff was working causing Plaintiff to collide with a rail resulting in personal injuries."

Video footage from that night doesn't offer much insight into what happened. But about a month after the award show, Rick Ross, AKA the Teflon Don, went on 99 Jamz and offered this explanation for the run-in: "When we crossed paths, I said, 'Wazzup.' As soon as I said, 'Wazzup,' I tried to choke him."

I think it's safe to say we've all been there. Not really much else that Mr. Maybach could do in that situation.

Anyway, the beef stems back to 2010, when Young Jeezy released the dis freestyle called "Death B4 Dishonor" over a Rick Ross instrumental. The insults have been flying back and forth ever since.

Gregory McDonald is suing both rappers for negligence, as well as his employer, Executive Security Consulting Services Inc., Black Entertainment Television, and three John Does who were allegedly involved in the incident. Maybach Music Group and CTE Worldwide -- the two musicians' record label imprints -- are also named as defendants.

McDonald is seeking both actual and special damages, including loss of wages. He's represented by Justin Miller at Morgan & Morgan, the personal-injury juggernaut helmed by Amendment 2's chief backer, John Morgan.

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Allie Conti was a fellow at Miami New Times and a staff writer for New Times Broward-Palm Beach, where her writing won awards from the Florida Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists. She's now the senior staff writer at Vice and a contributor to the New York Times, New York Magazine, and the Atlantic.