West Coast rap veteran Snoop Dogg‘s $22 million civil trial, in which he and his entourage is accused of assaulting and robbing a fan, has begun.

Opening statements were reportedly made in court this week.

Richard Monroe, Jr., claims he suffered serious injuries after jumping onstage during a 2005 Seattle concert and is seeking $22 million in damages and punitive penalties against Snoop. Monroe’s suit states he thought he had permission to join Snoop onstage during a performance of “Gin and Juice,” but was beaten and robbed by the performer and members of his entourage. Broadus attended one day of jury selection earlier this week, and was present in court as a tape of the incident was shown to jurors during opening statements by Monroe’s attorneys. (Associated Press)

In addition to the case, Snoop’s current tax records are circulating across the Internet.

Snoop Dogg may be the biggest rapper of all time — you would think that means he’s making the most money. So why, Mr. Snoop, are you in the hole to the state of California? We’ve obtained a tax lien — filed last month — showing The Dogg owes the State $284,053.59. By our calculations, that’s about 190,000 joints. (TMZ)

Snoop’s Rich & Infamous clothing line was facing possible price hikes as a result of the nation’s economy crisis earlier this year.

“The recession is affecting everybody,” Snoop said in an interview. “We’re trying to keep it one hundred percent and do what we’re doing and try to keep the prices a little lower. [We’re] trying to keep it cost sufficient for what [we’re] doing.” (Hollyscoop)

Fellow West Coast rapper Xzibit is also going through a financial crunch despite his appearances in movies like Gridiron Gang and The X-Files.

The government says Xzibit owes $501,840 in federal taxes. He has gone on to star in a string of movies to a one-time Broadway star who has tax liens totaling more than $350,000. The IRS filed a $205,485 lien on February 4 in the Los Angeles County Recorder of Deeds office. On April 17, 2008, the IRS had filed a $296,355 lien. (Detroit News)