Busta Rhymes Sentenced To Three Years Of Probation
March 19, 2008 at 5:36 AM (PT)
BUSTA RHYMES was ordered to stay away from convicted felons for three years -- unless the criminals are on stage with him, reports THE NEW YORK DAILY NEWS. A show biz-savvy judge sentenced the hip-hop star to three years of probation, but gave RHYMES permission to share the mic with ex-cons. "I got no problems with being a good dude because that's what I am," said RHYMES, whose real name is TREVOR SMITH. "It's just a little formality I gotta get past."
RHYMES nodded in agreement as MANHATTAN Judge LARRY STEPHENS warned him to stay out of trouble and abide by the rules. "If you mess up, you're going to jail," STEPHENS said. "I gave you an opportunity. Make the most of it."
RHYMES pleaded guilty in JANUARY on the day he was to go to trial on assault and driving offenses related to four separate incidents. Asst. District Attorney SHARON APPLEBAUM asked the judge to put RHYMES behind bars for at least a year, citing "the sheer number of [crimes] he was accused of."