"Poverty Pimp" Pays Legal Fees in Libel Suit

august 29, 2002  10:55 am
Danny Bakewell's libel suit against New Times Los Angeles' columnists Rick Barrs (also the paper's editor) and Jill Stewart backfired. Stewart calls Bakewell "a multimillionaire developer and obnoxious black nationalist," as well as a "poverty pimp" for using money collected by the Brotherhood Crusade, ostensibly a charity, for his personal enrichment. The judge saw nothing wrong with using this term to describe Bakewell and ordered him to pay $25,000 to the alternative newsweekly.