Rick Ross and his bodyguard, Nadrian Lateef James, pleaded no contest to misdemeanor kidnapping and assault charges Tuesday, the Atlanta Journal Constitutionreports. Ross and James were sentenced to five years probation.
The charges stem from a 2015 incident during which Ross and James allegedly assaulted two groundskeepers who threw a party at the rapper’s home in Fayetteville, Georgia without his permission. According to police, Ross and James took the two workers to the guest house and attacked them, with one victim claiming he was pistol whipped.
A representative for Ross did not immediately return Rolling Stone‘s request for comment.
Along with the kidnapping and assault charges, Ross and James pleaded no contest to three counts of pointing a pistol at another person. The rapper also pleaded no contest to a marijuana possession charge.
Per the terms of his probation, Ross cannot have contact with the victims or be in possession of drugs, alcohol or a firearm. The conditions also include a search clause and anger management.
Ross unsuccessfully tried to get the case thrown out several times. Last summer, he claimed self defense and at the hearing Tuesday attempted to use Georgia’s “stand your ground law” before ultimately entering his plea.
Atlanta’s WSB-TV reporter Tom Jones posted a short video to Instagram of Ross speaking outside the courthouse after the hearing. “I respect and appreciate how the court chose to resolve not only myself, but my co-defendant’s cases.”
Ross released his ninth album, Rather You Than Me, last month.
Published at Wed, 05 Apr 2017 02:37:47 +0000