Friday, January 5th, 2007 at 10:00 am
Busta Rhymes, who turned his former driver into a punching bag while the rest of us were busy unwrapping presents, has finally handed himself over to police. Consequently, Rhymes was cuffed and charged with misdemeanor third-degree assault. Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Neil Ross set bail at $3500, and asked Rhymes to return to court on February. 20. The judge also ordered the rapper to stay away from his accuser, Edward Hatchett.
As expected, Busta placed bail on Thursday and adamantly denied the allegations. The offense could land him in jail for a year, if convicted.
This is only one of several legal tangles currently rotating on Busta’s weekly schedule. Last year, the best-selling rapper appeared in court on an assault charge for allegedly attacking a teenager who spit on his car in August. He also was ticketed in November for talking on his cell phone while driving past a Manhattan police station. Let’s not forget that Busta has come under fire by the Police for not providing information on the shooting death of his bodyguard, Israel Ramirez, back in February.
Is it just me or is Busta Rhymes exemplifying the hip-hop version of a midlife crisis?