Snoop Dogged By Assault, Tax Evasion Charges

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Not a good day in the life of Snoop Dogg.

As if the civil trial accusing the perpetually-high rapper and his posse of beating down a fan wasn't bad enough, the rapper was outed as a tax dodger by state officials, who confirmed that a lien had been put on his SoCal homebase.

Regarding the first issue, Richard Monroe Jr. filed suit against Snoop Dogg in April 2006 for assault, battery, negligence and intentional infliction of emotional distress. His opening statement? Playing a video of the incident to jurors.

The Kent, Wash., native claims he sustained serious injuries after hopping onstage during the rapper's rendition of "Gin and Juice" during a 2005 gig in Seattle.

According to court documents, Monroe thought he had an "open invite" to join Snoop onstage, but he found himself tackled by the Dogg's bodyguards, along with other rappers, including The Game, Kurupt, Soopafly and Daz Dillinger.

Monroe says he was punched and kicked until he lost consciousness. Best of all, when he came to, his diamond earrings, watch and wallet were MIA.

He was treated at a local hospital and is seeking $22 million in damages.

Meanwhile, the California Franchise Tax Board claims Dogg, who is also known as Calvin Broadus Jr., hasn't been heeding the taxman lately, if ever.

Officials say he owes the state $284,053 in back taxes and has a lien on his home.

Come on, Snoop. Tax evasion? At least the first legal problem we wrote about in this article makes you sound semi-hard. DMX? Rolling in grave.

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These rappers and performers have to remember that they are not above the law. You've got to learn to draw the line between your responsibility to the fans and public and what you do in the streets. GROW UP and be responsible.