A North Carolina judge has granted embattled rapper the Game permission to appeal the $5 million (?3.1 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 SnitchingStop Lying promo 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 (Feb12).

But The Game, real name Jayceon Taylor, is still disputing the judgement and last week (ends04Mar12), he was given permission to challenge the compensation amount, reports AllHipHop.com.

The case will be heard in a jury trial, which will also determine whether the officers' additional $10 million (?6.3 million) claim for punitive damages is justified.