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Busta Rhymes’ Former Driver: ‘I Don’t Know What Set Him Off’

More details have

emerged in an alleged incident involving Busta Rhymes and the assault of one of

his drivers, who was beaten when he approached the rapper about collecting back

pay. Rhymes’

former driver Eddie Hatchett, 39, filed

a complaint against Busta Rhymes, born Trevor Smith, on Dec. 26. Hatchett

claims that he went to Rhymes’ office near City hall to collect 19-days worth

of unpaid invoices for driving the rapper. Hatchett told The New York Post

that his discussion with Busta Rhymes grew into a heated argument. "I

don’t know what set him off," Hatchett said. "I told him, ‘I ain’t scared

of you. That’s when his bodyguards grabbed me, and he punched and kicked me."Hatchett,

who drove Rhymes’ Rolls Royce, Bentley and bulletproof GMC SUV, claimed that he

was seeking the back pay because he couldn’t afford a Christmas gift for his daughter.

"I didn’t speak to

my daughter for Christmas. I was embarrassed," he said. He

also accused Rhymes of owing several other bodyguards who have since been fired.

"For

me to come out of my community like that and work for him days in a row, nights,

not seeing my family, and not getting paid, and for him to act like that – I’ll

never put myself in that position again."Hatchett

said he had driven rappers N.O.R.E. and Foxy Brown without incident. At

press time, Busta Rhymes was out of the country, but he is expected to surrender

to authorities for questioning today (Jan. 2).Busta

Rhymes is also facing assault charges for an August

2005 incident, in which his bodyguards allegedly beat a man for spitting on

his Maybach as the luxury vehicle was passing by in Mid-town Manhattan. Police

still seek to question the rapper about his knowledge of a

shooting in Brooklyn last February, that took the life of his bodyguard, 29-year-old

Israel Ramirez.

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