Man Who Was Allegedly Beaten By Busta Rhymes Planning Civil Lawsuit

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Busta Rhymes will be the subject of a civil lawsuit to be filed this week by a

man who said Rhymes assaulted him on Aug. 12.The

incident occurred after Robert Lebron accidentally spit on the vehicle the lyricist

was riding in."Me

and my friends were walking across the street. I spit on the street and it landed

on a moving car. It was a Maybach. That car stopped, along with two black SUVs,"

the 19-year-old told The New York Times. Soon

Lebron came face to face with Rhymes. "He

asked me, ‘Homie, did you spit on my car?’ I said ‘Sorry, I didn’t mean to. We’re

big fans of yours.’ That was the last thing I said," Lebron alleges.After

he fell to the ground upon being hit in the face by a member of Busta Rhymes’

entourage, Lebron recalled the rapper coming over to "finish the job."

"While

I was on the ground, he was kicking me in the face," Lebron said. "I

saw him kick me."Lebron,

a former John Jay College of Criminal Justice student, revealed he was kicked

and punched by Rhymes and his entourage in the middle of Sixth Avenue near 19th

Street. The

group later yanked his Nike sneaker off his feet and tossed them away before leaving

the scene after about two minutes.Lebron,

who suffered a concussion and a split lip, filed a formal criminal complaint on

Saturday (Aug. 19). Later, authorities arrested Rhymes after his concert at Randalls

Island.The

rapper was arraigned Sunday (Aug. 20) on misdemeanor assault and weapons charges.The

incident is the latest brush Busta Rhymes has had with police.While

being held for the alleged assault, Rhymes, 34, was questioned about the still-unsolved

murder of his bodyguard, Israel Ramirez. Authorities

believe the rapper was standing next to Ramirez and witnessed the killing, which

occurred in February at a music-video shoot in Brooklyn.Despite

having him in custody, investigators were unable to get anything out of Rhymes,

who refused to answer questions. Nearly 100 interviews with potential witnesses

have been conducted since the investigation began, deputy police commissioner

Paul J. Browne said. "No

one has come forward as an eyewitness," said Browne, who believes a change

of heart from Rhymes could prompt others to come forward. "Some have acknowledged

being there but didn’t see anything."One

option for authorities would be to subpoena Busta Rhymes. Although

it is possible to subpoena an uncooperative witness to testify, Kenneth M. Taub,

a prosecutor in the Brooklyn district attorney’s office, said the practice was

rare because the witness would then have immunity from prosecution.

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