News: Jim Jones Admits To Ne-Yo Associate Assault, "Guilty As Charged People Not Livin Right"
Monday, Oct 5, 2009 6:24PM
Byrd Gang leader Jim Jones pleaded guilty in a New York courtroom today (October 5) for reportedly assaulting an associate of R&B singer Ne-Yo.
The rapper's guilty plea has also been confirmed by Jones' lawyer, Scott Leemon.
Jones entered his plea to the misdemeanor charge Monday. He was sentenced to time served -- the few hours he was in custody after turning himself in to police in January. He and Jayvon Smith faced off in front of holiday shoppers Dec. 22 at the Fifth Avenue luxury-goods store. Defense lawyer Scott Leemon has said Jones didn't start the fight. Leemon said Monday that Jones pleaded guilty because he didn't want to risk probation -- and potential touring restrictions -- if convicted. (Associated Press)
Jones also updated fans on today's event via Twitter.
"Late for court oh brother here we go shouts to my lawyer tht got it pushed back," he wrote Monday. "Guilty as charged people not livin right they wanna play the game but they don't wanna get scored on smh." (Jim Jones' Twitter)
Capo previously spoke on the charge earlier this year.
"Being a gangsta rapper or a 'hardcore' rapper, you find yourself stuck between a rock and a hard place," he told MTV News. "It's a thin line, because there's things I've done in my career to get where I am today, and I've benefited off it. For me to make a transition and take my career to the next level, there's some things I can't obviously do anymore. What I mean by that is, you play the tough guy and put yourself into those positions, and things can happen. You end up like this, [with] a big inconvenience." (MTV)
He initially appeared in court around early February and denied being involved in the alleged assault.
Jones pleaded not guilty on Wednesday (February 4). "I'm trying to stay away from this building," quipped the "Pop Champagne" rapper as he emerged from Manhattan Criminal Court after being arraigned. He downplayed the misdemeanor assault charge stemming from the Dec. 22 fisticuffs with Jayvon Smith. "It's what you call an expensive inconvenience," said Jones, wrapping an arm around his lawyer, Scott Leemon. (New York Daily News)
Jones had also publicly spoken on the alleged assault in various interviews.
"Ain't nothin' happen, like shout-outs to Ne-Yo, Jones said in an interview. "Nothing went on with Ne-Yo. I couldn't do that man. That would be a little bit wrong to put my hands on Ne-Yo. He's a talented young man. The ladies like him." (Big Boy's Neighborhood)
Check out a past Jim Jones interview below: