An enraged Jermaine Dupri launched into a profanity-filled tirade during a late-night phone call last night that left the hair standing up on the back of my neck.
A friend called me around 11 pm to say he had Dupri on the line and was it alright if he spoke with me. I agreed to listen to what he had to say. Dupri began by ranting and raving about bloggers in general, and about me specifically.
JD, as he likes to be called, was reacting angrily to a post I wrote yesterday titled "How the Mighty Have Fallen: Jermaine Dupri Rebounds."
While not denying that anything I wrote was false, he angrily vented about me "always" going in on him and his artists, including Dondria and Bow Wow.
He basically let me know that his goons were coming for me -- with his blessing.
"I got people ready to kill you right now!," he screamed. "I'm letting you know it's serious in the streets right now," said JD in a 3-way call from France where he had just finished partying.
He said repeatedly, "I run Atlanta! I got ni**as calling me saying they don't know what you look like, but all I gotta do is point you out and they will FUCK YOU UP!!!!"
I was extremely offended by all his yelling and cursing and I reminded JD that I was a grown ass woman. "I'm grown too!," he responded. "I got ni**as that will fuck you up on sight!"
He wasn't at all subtle with any of his threats -- even though he insisted he wasn't threatening me. "I know you're recording this," he yelled, "and I'm recording it too!" He made death threats unapologetically: "You already dead!," he screamed.
After taking as much of the verbal abuse as I was willing to tolerate, I hung up on him and called the police.
Edit: I spoke with my attorney today.
No blogger should tolerate death threats from a celebrity. Whether the threats are veiled or direct, they are still threats against your life. And that it is against the law.