What you are about to read is going to sound extremely insane.
Remember when Tiffany “New York” Pollard had two season’s worth of men vying for her attention and affection on I Love New York? Well, it turns out that one of those contestants was framed for murder (because he was spotted during his one episode stint in the second season), sent to jail for six years, and just now was found to be framed for that murder.
That’s right: Former I Love New York 2 contestant Jamal Trulove was awarded $13.1 million in a settlement after it was found that he was not guilty of murder.
Here’s what happened: An eyewitness to the 2007 murder of Seu Kuka at the Sunnydale Housing Project in San Francisco, CA saw Trulove on I Love New York 2 and identified him as the killer. Trulove had to spend six years behind bars before a state appeals court overturned the conviction in 2014 on grounds of prosecutorial misconduct. Trulove was found innocent in his 2015 retrial.
When he got out of jail, Trulove sued the city of San Francisco, saying that police “manipulated an eyewitness.” The jury agreed that investigators involved in the case “deliberately fabricated evidence.” Now, he’s walking away with $13.1 million dollars.
Trulove posted a photo on Instagram of him with “5 of the 12 jurors who came back with a not guilty verdict” and another of him with the “law team that believed me when I said I was innocent and got me back of that 50 to Life sentence.”
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“It was never about the money when I was in prison, it was about my freedom!” -Me —————-/ Picture is 5 of the 12 Jurors that came back with a Not Guilty verdict. ✊ The man on the right (my left) It took 5 days of deliberation to convince him that I was innocent. 10 other Jurors had me Not Guilty Day ☝. ——————————— . Bottom Picture is of my My Law Team that believed me when I said I was innocent and got me back of that 50 to Life sentence. ✊ #KateChatfield #AlexReisman #MarcZilversmit #ChrisRitter I have so many stories #TheTruloveStory to tell about these people but I'm only gon give y'all one right now. Marc Zilversmit (My Appeal Attorney) I called him no more then 5 days after New Years '14 to see if an opinion from the appeals court had came in yet. Now I'm by myself in my cell using a borrowed phone at the time. So I call him and asked if he could check while I'm on the phone so he did… when he said "OMG THEY OVERTURNED IT, THEY GRANTED YOU A NEW TRIAL!!" I said are you sure, he said yes you won. I bust out in tears and was doing the loud ugly cry of joy and pain at the same time..lol That feeling I got that day I hope so many other Innocent Man and Women incarcerated could have. ✊ #FreeTheInnocent The special thing about the phone call was that me and Marc found out at the same time. I believe everything happened for a reason. And with out these people I wouldn’t be here today. #LifeAfterLife #WrongfulConvictionDay #JamalTrulove #31115 #RipSeu #UnitedPlayaz #ItTakesTheHoodToSaveTheHood #SunnydaleProjects #InnocentMan #10millimilli #RipSeu ✊#NotACriminal #wrongfulconviction #Xonr8 #CriminalJusticeReform #TheFocalPoint
But Trulove isn’t just about collecting his check and moving on. The rapper often uses his social media platforms to advocate for criminal justice reform, especially as it pertains to those on death row who may be innocent of their crimes.
In a tweet posted after the news broke, Trulove said, “And trust me I’m not done with them by a long shot!! After what these cowards of the law did to me, I will lit my freedom ring through every platform I get to show what injustice really looks like. Me!”
And trust me I’m not done with them by a long shot!! After what these cowards of the law did to me, I will lit my freedom ring through every platform I get to show what injustice really looks like. Me! #JamalTrulove #LifeAfterLife #Reform #SanFrancisco
“And Sand still i rise” pic.twitter.com/ON3sR3uBgf
— jamal trulove (@jamaltrulove) March 20, 2019
Ironically enough, Trulove’s rap name is 10 MilliMilli, which…he now has.