William Henry Roberts can continue to go by the stage name “Rick Ross” thanks to the L.A. County Superior Court. Former drug kingpin, “Freeway” Ricky Ross, had sued the rapper for taking his name and allegedly imitating his life in his lyrics. The case—which was originally thrown out in 2010—has been reopened in California with a new trial date set for early May in Los Angeles, but today the judge threw out the case.
“I think he’s a complete idiot,” said Freeway Ricky Ross in an earlier interview. “It’s a disgrace for me to have someone like this with my name. He doesn’t know what the name stands for, or how I got my name. He thinks that this name belongs to some big mafia guy who don’t care about nothing but himself and really, he’s just a pig.”
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