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Update: Busta Rhymes Rejects Plea Deal, Faces Jail Time

Posted By on May 9, 2007

Busta Rhymes reportedly rejected a prosecutors deal in a Manhattan courtroom today (May 8) that would have sent him to jail for a year for two assault chargers and the drunken driving charge he picked up last week.

According to TMZ.com, aside from offering the Brooklyn bred rapper a year in jail, the deal also required Busta to attend an alcohol treatment program and pay a $1500 fine.

Rhymes (born Trevor Smith) was stopped by officers around midnight on Manhattan, NY's west side on Thursday (May 3) because the SUV he was driving had overly tinted windows. Authorities claim they smelled booze on the rapper's breath and he was then taken into custody on a charge of driving while under the influence. He would be released hours later on $7,500 bail.

The assault charges stem from two different incidents. In August, the rapper allegedly beat up a fan who purportedly spit on his car. He is also accused of assaulting his former driver, Eddie Hatchett, during a dispute over back pay.

In February, Manhattan Judge Tanya Kennedy offered him a plea deal that would have kept him out of jail if he plead guilty to both assault charges. She would withdraw her offer three days later after Busta was arrested for driving with a suspended license.

He is due back in court on July 10th.