Joseph Foreman, a.k.a Afroman is being sued by seven members of the Adams County Sheriff’s Office who raised the former’s home last year. Four deputies, two sergeants, and a detective are claiming that he invaded their privacy.
Apparently, the Adams County Sheriff’s Office raided the home of Afroman and found nothing and after that, Afroman turned footage of the raid into a music video. It is considered a misdemeanor violation under Ohio Revised Code. Afroman is also being sued on civil grounds as the law enforcement authorities are claiming that their faces can be seen in the videos and social media posts, which has resulted in their “emotional distress, embarrassment, ridicule, loss of reputation and humiliation.”
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afroman got raided and made a music video out of the security footage.
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The plaintiffs are demanding that they should be getting all of Foreman’s profits from the videos, social media posts, live event tickets as well as the promotion of Foreman’s “Afroman” brand. Under the brand, he sells beer, marijuana, t-shirts, and other merchandise. At the same time, they are also asking for an injunction for Afroman to take down all videos and posts containing their identities.
The suit was filed by Cincinnati attorney Robert Klingler in Adams County Common Pleas Court on March 13 against Afroman, his recording firm, and distribution company.
On Wednesday, Afroman promised to countersue “for the undeniable damage this had on my clients, family, career and property.”
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The raid in question took place last August when sheriff’s deputies acted on a warrant claiming probable cause. They suspected that drugs and drug paraphernalia would be found on Foreman’s property after Afroman was accused of trafficking and kidnapping. “They come up here with AR-15, traumatize my kids, destroyed my property, kick in my door, rip up and destroy my camera system,” Afroman said in August.
However, the raid failed to turn up probative criminal evidence and no charges were ever filed against Afroman. To add insult to the injuries, the sheriff’s office appeared to come up hundreds of dollars short of the cash seized from Foreman’s property, that was to be returned. The case was eventually settled after an independent investigation conducted by Ohio BCI. It claimed that the deputies had miscounted the money during the raid itself.
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Foreman published two songs months after the raid called ‘Lemon Pound Cake’ and ‘Will You Help Me Repair My Door’ which included include footage of the raid from his home surveillance cameras as well as his wife’s cell phone.
According to the complaint, Foreman also “created dozens of videos and images of Plaintiffs’ personas and posted them on various social media platforms including Facebook, YouTube, Snap Chat, TicTok, and Instagram.” In one of the posts, he allegedly congratulated a law enforcement officer involved in the raid, saying, “Thank you for getting me 5.4 MILLION hits on TikTok I couldn’t have done it without you obviously! Congratulations again you’re famous for all the wrong reasons[…]”