Busta Rhymes Sentenced on Assault Charges
03/18/2008 AT 03:05 PM EDT
In addition, Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Larry Stephen ordered the rapper to stay out of trouble, the Associated Press reports.
Rhymes (real name: Trevor Smith), 35, stood accused of beating his former driver, Edward Hatchett, 39, on Dec. 26 "with a closed fist about the head and neck" and kicking him in the ribs and torso. Rhymes was also charged with assaulting a fan who allegedly spat on the rapper's car following an Aug. 12 concert.
After the sentencing, Rhymes, dressed in a conservative gray suit with lavender accents, told reporters, "I have no trouble being a good dude because that's what I am."
– Stephen M. Silverman
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