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    Snoop Dogged by Blackmail Threat

    Snoop Dogg may have paid tha cost to be da bo$$, but he's not willing to dole out hush money where it's not deserved.

    The rapper filed an extortion suit on Dec. 10 in Los Angeles Superior Court against an unnamed woman and her attorneys, claiming they demanded $5 million from him in order to stay quiet about an alleged assault.

    Snoop, whose real name is Calvin Broadus, states in the lawsuit that he was not involved in the alleged assault which purportedly took place during a 2003 performance.

    The suit claims that the woman and her attorneys threatened to sell their story of the assault to the National Enquirer and a book publisher if Snoop didn't pay up.

    Details of the assault were not provided in the suit and the woman was identified only as Jane Doe to protect her privacy.

    Snoop sued for punitive damages and to protect himself from future threats.

    The singer and sometime actor released his most recent album, R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece on Nov. 16. The album's first single, "Drop It Like It's Hot," a duo with Pharrell Williams, became Snoop's first career number one single on the pop charts and earned a pair of Grammy nominations for Best Rap Performance by a Duo and Best Rap Song.

    Earlier this month, Snoop hosted Spike TV's Second Annual Video Game Awards, where he traded barbs with a computerized version of himself from the rap-themed fighting game Def Jam: Fight for NY.

    Snoop recently appeared in 2004's Soul Plane and Starsky & Hutch. He's set to star in an upcoming project tentatively titled Coach Snoop about his adventures coaching his son's football team.

    The rapper will also provide the voice of Lightning in the upcoming animated film Racing Stripes, featuring the voices of Frankie Muniz and Mandy Moore, and will appear in 2005's The Tenants with Dylan McDermott.

    On top of his big screen gigs, Snoop is set to kick off a tour of North America and Europe on Jan. 2 in New Jersey.

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