G-Unit rapper Young
Buck pleaded not guilty Friday (Jan. 14) to an assault with a deadly weapon charge
stemming from an incident at the Vibe Awards last November in Santa Monica, California.
Buck, born David Darnell
Brown, is accused of stabbing Los Angeles parolee Jimmy James Johnson after
Johnson allegedly punched Aftermath Records head Dr. Dre, as the award show
was being taped.
Dre was preparing to go
on stage to receive a lifetime achievement award when Johnson requested an autograph
from the infamous rapper/producer, then punched him when Dre refused, according
The attack triggered a huge
brawl in the midst of the show.
Johnson also pleaded not
guilty Monday (Jan. 11) to a felony assault charge for allegedly striking Dre
in the face.
The only words Buck reportedly
uttered at the hearing Friday (Jan. 14) in the Airport Courthouse of Los Angeles
Superior Court were in regards to his latest album Straight Outta Ca$hville,
released last August.
"Young Buck, go buy
my album," he told those present.
Buck turned himself in to
police Nov. 19 and was later freed on $500,000 bail.
The rapper faces up to eight
years in prison if convicted, according to authorities.
A court has to
decide whether evidence is sufficient to begin a trial. And Buck is scheduled
to return to court for a preliminary hearing on February 18.