*A North Carolina judge has granted rapper The Game permission to appeal the $5 million he was recently ordered to pay to a group of police officers in an ongoing defamation lawsuit.

The cops were filmed arresting the star at a shopping mall in North Carolina in 2005 and the footage subsequently ended up on The Game’s Stop Snitching/Stop Lying DVD. The officers filed suit over the release, claiming defamation of character and insisting their likeness was used without their permission.

A 2010 court ruling stated the Greensboro cops should receive $5 million in compensatory damages, and that order was upheld by a North Carolina appeals court last month.

But The Game, born Jayceon Taylor, is still disputing the judgment – and last week he was given permission to challenge the compensation amount, according to AllHipHop.com.

The case will be heard in a jury trial, which will also determine whether the officers’ additional $10 million claim for punitive damages is justified.