Fans still support 'Method Man'

HOUSTON Rosland Verge is more than your typical rap fan.

"Hard core fans, hard core fans," said Verge.

So when she heard about the lawsuit against the rapper known as Method Man, she found it unbelievable.

"No, it's untrue. It's untrue," said Verge.

The lawsuit filed last week was served to the rap star before his concert Friday night. It alleges Method Man, aka Clifford Smith, shot an air gun at a fan while she was seeking an autograph outside the Houston House of Blues last November.

That victim, Mary Anderson of Fort Bend County, claimed she was struck at least six times with pellets for no reason at all.

"It may be a joke and it may be funny to them and their buddies, but for someone this happens to it's not a joke," said Daniel Horowitz, Anderson's attorney.

Authorities tell us Smith will have 20 days to respond to the lawsuit. Our attempts to reach his management team were not successful either by phone or here at the concert.

Outside the venue, however, two of his fellow artists came to his defense.

"I've been on the streets since I was 13-years-old and he helped me get out of the streets," said musician Chi King. Another musician, DJ Dice, said, "He's a great entertainer and, yes, I know because I DJ for both of them, Red (Man) and Method Man."

As for the fans, many attending Friday night's show did so with open minds.

"Who knows what it really went down, not until we hear from the judge then we'll know what's going on," said DJ Lucky.

Fan Mucho Martinez agreed.

"Until there is a court and jury says he was guilty, then I will have an opinion on that specific issue. Until now I'm here and still a fan," Martinez said.

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