January 2, 2007 at 5:01 AM (PT)
ALL HIP-HOP NEWS reports that police are planning to charge hip-hop star BUSTA RHYMES with assault charges after the rapper allegedly assaulted a driver who was seeking back pay the day after CHRISTMAS (12/26).
BUSTA RHYMES, born TREVOR SMITH, allegedly assaulted EDDIE HATCHETT, 39, in RHYMES' office on WEST BROADWAY in MANHATTAN when HATCHETT attempted to collect money RHYMES allegedly owed him.
The rapper, 34, allegedly struck HATCHETT multiple times, causing a laceration on the man's face. The following day (12/27), HATCHETT reported the incident to police. According to THE NEW YORK POST, police will charge RHYMES with a misdemeanor charge of third-degree assault when he re-enters the UNITED STATES today.
RHYMES' lawyer ROBERT KALINA has agreed that RHYMES will surrender to authorities for questioning about the assault when he returns from his travels abroad. "I'm just an average JOE trying to support my family," HATCHETT said.
The charges are the latest for RHYMES, who is already facing assault charges and harassment for allegedly punching and kicking a man who spit on his Maybach as the rapper's entourage drove by in midtown MANHATTAN in AUGUST of 2006.