rapper Tony Yayo
has pleaded not guilty to harassment and endangering the welfare of a child after police accused him of slapping and hitting a 14-year-old boy.
Yayo, 28, whose real name is Marvin Bernard, was released yesterday (March 25) on $5,000 bail after entering his plea during his arraignment in Manhattan.
Authorities say he pushed and slapped the boy, hurting his ear and face. "We adamantly deny the allegations set forth by the people today," said Bernard's defense attorney, Scott Leemon.
According to reports, the boy is the son of Jimmy "Henchman" Rosemond, who manages rapper the Game. G-Unit members, including 50 Cent, have feuded with the Game in recent years.
Yayo is no stranger to legal run-ins. He spent six months in jail in 2004 after being caught with a forged passport and has also been imprisoned on gun possession charges.