Rap star Ol' Dirty Bastard, whose offstage name is Russell Jones, pleaded no contest today to charges of wearing body armor and making threats. A judge ordered him to serve three years' probation and enter drug treatment.
But the rapper, who also uses the initials ODB, told Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Marsha Revel that police were "picking" on him--especially in New York, where he was arrested in January for allegedly exchanging gunfire with officers after a traffic stop.
"After I finish the [drug] program I [will] live in New York," Jones said. "What I'm saying is, I've got a suit on the city. All the officers know me there. They're going to be looking to lock me up."
Revel responded: "Well, the next time you see a cop, don't say: 'You can't do [expletive] with me' and maybe you won't have a problem."
The judge also told Jones, who performs with the top-selling rap group Wu-Tang Clan, that he could move from New York if police there were picking on him.
"All my kids live there," Jones explained.
Jones was arrested Feb. 16 after Los Angeles police ordered him to move his car from a no-parking zone and saw that he was wearing a bulletproof vest, in violation of a new California law.
In a separate case, the rap star was arrested for threatening a security guard who threw him out of the House of Blues club on the Sunset Strip. Jones pleaded no contest to both cases today and then was sentenced by Revel to enter a one-year drug rehabilitation program and serve three years' felony probation.
She also ordered him to pay a $500 fine, to undergo anger management counseling and stay away from alcohol and drugs. Jones shouted to fans as he left the courthouse: "I can't take it. Just can't take it."