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Lil Wayne Sued Over Skateboard Attack

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Lil Wayne is being sued by Alfredo Marino, a Downey, California-based bill poster who says a member of the rapper’s entourage smashed him in the back of the head with a skateboard after he snapped an ill-advised photo of him.

According to Marino, back on May 3, 2012, he ventured to the Odd Future store on Fairfax Avenue to buy his daughter a t-shirt, when he spied Wayne skateboarding outside.

“I was starstruck,” says Marino. “I was like ‘Cool, cool, cool!’”

He asked one of Wayne’s bodyguards if he could snap a photo of Wayne, but was told not to. He proceeded to take the photo anyway.

“[The bodyguards] started tripping and saying, ‘I told you that Lil’ Wayne does not want to be bothered,’” says Marino. “I told them I have taken pictures of tons of people and I just want to show my friends that I saw Lil Wayne. They started calling me a ‘groupie’ and I said, ‘I ain’t no groupie.’”

According to Marino, he was then surrounded by four of Weezy’s bodyguards. Then Wayne himself came over.

“Lil Wayne had enough, I guess, and he rolled up on a skateboard and he said, ‘Alright motherfucker, you want to take a picture like a groupie? Like a little bitch? Like a little girl? Is that what you want?’” Marino says. “I couldn’t believe he was telling me this. I actually started laughing. I didn’t take it seriously. I told him I just wanted a picture and that I’m a promoter. But he said, ‘I don’t want to hear that shit. You’re nothing but a groupie bitch to me.’”

Then Wayne threatened him with his bodyguards.

“They will fuck you up,” he allegedly told Marino, before he was knocked out cold.

He was treated at Cedars-Sinai hospital for vertigo and a concussion. Witnesses told him later that one of Wayne’s bodyguards had hit him in the back of his head with a skateboard. He also had his camera stolen.

Marino claims he had vertigo for three weeks following the attack and had to take medical leave from his job for two of them. He had to see a neurologist from June until October, when he was finally pronounced healthy.

“Honestly, I’m not trying to be a millionaire for getting smacked over the head,” Marino says. “I want him to realize that there are fans out there, tons of fans out there and this is the way he’s going to treat them? I’m not a teeny bop, but I’m the one who goes out and buys his albums and I tell people about him and I put up his posters and I’m the guy he is going to disrespect? And for him to call me those names was the biggest sign of disrespect. I can’t believe people carry themselves like that.”

The incident has soured Marino on Wayne.

“I’m a big hip hop fan, and I loved Lil Wayne’s music,” says Marino. “Now I hate his music. But I’m kind of like in the zone that everywhere I go I see Lil Wayne. I see him on TV. I hear him every damn day on the radio. I can’t get away from this guy. It disgusts me.”

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