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Rapper fined for threatening to beat disabled woman with her crutches

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Rapper fined for threatening to beat disabled woman with her crutches
Sido pictured in 2005. Photo: DPA
17:03 CEST+02:00
Berlin rapper Sido reached a €14,000 settlement in a district court on Monday after being accused of defamation, intimidation, and attempted battery due to an August 2007 incident during which he threatened to beat a disabled elderly woman with her crutches.

The 28-year-old, whose stage name Sido is an abbreviation of super-intelligentes Drogenopfer, or “super intelligent drug victim,” allegedly had a long-running disagreement with a woman over a parking place at the Friedrichshain district location. The woman's boyfriend, a customer at a cafe in front of the parking spot, became involved.

“There was an argument,” Sido told the court. “But here it has been significantly exaggerated.”

During the altercation, the rapper, whose given name is Paul Würdig, allegedly threatened to stab the man and told his disabled mother, who was also at the scene, that he would beat her with her crutches.

During Monday's court proceedings, Sido admitted to the “sentence with the crutches,” adding: “That sounds a lot like me.”

He then apparently threw stones in her direction, though she was not hit.

Sido explained to the court that he threw a “handful of pebbles” into the cafe out of “frustration,” but that this had nothing to do with the elderly woman.

The court said that allegations of battery could not be proved based on witness reports, and agreed to allow Sido to pay the 69-year-old woman €2,000, and another €12,000 to two charitable organisations.

Sido has released three solo albums since 2004 and is known for wearing a silver skull mask similar to that of American rapper Ghostface Killah.

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