Slaughterhouse’s Joe Budden has reportedly cooperated with law enforcement and turned himself over to police this week on multiple charges.
According to reports, the New Jersey native turned himself in Wednesday (August 27).
Budden turned himself in to NYPD’s 34th precinct … where he was charged with robbery and grand larceny — for allegedly taking his GF’s cell phone during a violent assault. While he was still in custody … Budden tweeted, “I’ll be out in time for the strip club later.” As we reported … sources say Budden became enraged when he saw pics of his girlfriend with other men. He allegedly dragged her out of a NYC restaurant … and drove her to his home in NJ where she told cops he beat the crap out of her. (TMZ)
Despite his close-knit relationship to Budden, Slaughterhouse’s Joell Ortiz told SOHH he did not know the full story.
“No I haven’t been able to speak to him. I really just have been in this cave as far as my album and everything so I haven’t been able to peek my head out the studio or my house,” Ortiz told SOHH writer Nikita Rathod. “So I’m really just getting wind of this stuff if I’m honest with you, so I haven’t spoken to him or anything. I wish I could tell you something but I honestly honestly can’t. But I will say something, as Joell Ortiz, I do not stand by, stand for, or in any way appreciate domestic violence. I hope the allegations aren’t true but I haven’t spoken to him. … Joe is a really stand up guy and a good guy and I can’t see this happening. I hope it isn’t true and I guess the truth will reveal itself.” (SOHH)
This week, Budden said he had been cooperative with police.
“It’s been a frenzy,” Budden said in an interview. “I was surprised at all of it, to be honest. The media circus, the witch hunt, the man hunt. Well, you guys found me rather easily. [laughs] And I’m wearing pink. Who runs wearing pink? No, I’m not on the run. Those [tweets] were antagonizing a bit. That was me being my own worst enemy but again, there is no law against tweeting. No, no I do not [plan on sending more NYPD-related tweets]. I’m fully cooperative with everything happening in New Jersey. I’ve turned myself in, I’ve been released, my lawyer’s handling everything else. Whatever needs to be done to rectify the situation, I’m more than willing to comply.” (NBC New York)
Joe’s lawyer Nima Ameri, said he had followed protocol with the NYPD Monday (August 25).
“(He) has fully cooperated with the investigation,” Ameri said. “Mr. Budden asks for patience as the evidence and facts unfold to demonstrate the truth of his involvement and the real events that transpired on the night in question.” (NY Daily News)