The victim was beaten at a Mary J Blige concert seven years ago...

Puff Daddy has been ordered to pay $2.45million (£1.6 million) to a man who was injured by his bodyguards at a concert seven years ago.

The victim, Cedrick Bobby Lemon, said he was beaten by the rapper’s two bodyguards at a Mary J Blige gig in North Carolina in 1995. Puff Daddy was acting as Blige’s manager at the time.

Forsyth Civil Superior Court Judge William Z. Wood ordered Puff Daddy to pay Lemon the damages on September 10, after explaining that the rap impresario failed to respond to the allegations in Lemon’s suit within a 30-day time limit.

Puff Daddy declined to accept a civil summons about the suit from a Forsyth County deputy during an appearance at the Greensboro Coliseum on June 21, according to court records.

Lemon’s suit claimed that on the night in question he was working as a limo driver at the concert venue. He said he was wearing a pass that allowed him to be backstage as a Blige was leaving the stage. He said he was punched in the head by one of the bodyguards as they attempted to clear the area. When he fell, he bodyguards kicked Lemon in the back as he covered his head with his hands while another guard stomped on Lemon’s right ankle several times, breaking it.

His lawyer Herman Stephens told the Associated Press that Lemon was pleased with the decision, but “he’s not ecstatic yet because he has not received any money”.

If Puff Daddy has his way, that is how he will remain. He intends to appeal against the compensation find.