West Coast rap veteran Snoop Dogg appeared in court for his civil trial on Monday (April 27) to contest the $22 million assault lawsuit that also associates The Game with the fracas.

While Snoop denied that he took part in physically attacking the plaintiff, Richard Monroe Jr., he described what happened when approached on-stage.

Snoop, whose real name is Calvin Broadus, said that he feared for his life when Monroe, who’s suing the rapper for $22 million, hopped onstage–only to be swarmed by Snoop’s bodyguards and other rappers, including fellow Los Angeles-area native The Game. He has no idea who hit Monroe, Snoop said, adding that he only witnessed the fight for a moment before his security team whisked him to safety. He once considered suing Monroe for attacking him, he said. (E! Online)

The rapper also claimed he was assaulted while performing at the Seattle concert.

Snoop is on the stand, and said he was the one who was attacked — and thought about suing Monroe. He says a medic came to the bus to check on his hand — and reiterated that he never hit Monroe with the microphone. Snoop says he’s positive he didn’t invite Monroe onstage. He said he never invites people on stage except backup dancers. (TMZ)

Snoop’s lawyer, Hayes Michel, questioned Monroe’s claims.

Michel said that a video of the incident did not show the rapper hitting Mr. Monroe and there was no reason for him to pay damages. The lawyer also claimed that Mr. Monroe had repeatedly changed both his story about the event and his description to doctors of his injuries and concluded “it’s not the evidence of someone who was savagely beaten.” (BBC News)

The trial began last Friday (April 24) and stems from a lawsuit filed three years ago.

Monroe sued in 2006, claiming he was seriously injured after Broadus and members of his entourage and security detail struck him and poured alcohol on him during a performance of the hit “Gin and Juice.” He sued for $22 million; a 12-person jury will decide whether he receives any money. (Associated Press)