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Russian rapper must shell out $781 to fellow performer for 'mop-haired creep' tweet

December 07, 2016, 16:49 UTC+3 ROSTOV-ON-DON

"Hip-hop culture allows using such expressions," the rap singer told the court

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Russian rapper Basta

Russian rapper Basta

© Artem Geodakyan/TASS

ROSTOV-ON-DON, December 7. /TASS/. Court has ordered rapper Basta to pay 50,000 rubles ($781) in compensation to a fellow rap artist, Detsl, for hurling insults at him on social media, a TASS correspondent reported from the courtroom.

Kirill Tolmatsky, (professionally known as Detsl) demanded that Vasily Vakulenko (Basta) pay him 1 million rubles (over $15,000) in compensation and issue a public apology for calling him "a mop-haired creep" on his Twitter account.

The spat erupted this past summer after Tolmatsky tweeted a complaint about loud music coming from Basta’s night club located in downtown Moscow some 500 meters from his house.

"Hip-hop culture allows using such expressions," Vakulenko told the court.

He also said he was not planning to file an appeal against the court ruling.

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