Busta Rhymes Stopped by NY Police

The Associated Press
Thursday, February 22, 2007; 10:24 PM

NEW YORK -- It's more legal trouble for Busta Rhymes. The rapper was charged Thursday with driving with a suspended license after police said they stopped him for running a red light.

Rhymes, whose hits include "Dangerous," was taken into custody in lower Manhattan around 5:30 a.m.

His management, Violator Management, didn't want to comment.

The 34-year-old rapper, whose real name is Trevor Smith, was due in court Thursday night. If convicted he faces up to 15 days in jail.

Rhymes already is accused of assault in two cases and is considering a judge's deal that would allow him to plead guilty to misdemeanor assault and perform community service instead of jail.

In one complaint he's accused of kicking and beating Edward Hatchett, his former driver, during a Dec. 26 dispute over back pay.

In the other case, Rhymes is charged with assaulting a fan for spitting on his car after an Aug. 12 performance.

Rhymes, known for wild outfits and an antic performance style, has hits that also include "Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See" and "Touch It." He has appeared in movies including "Shaft" and "Finding Forrester."


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