Busta Rhymes Accused Of Assault, Police Plan Charges Against Rapper

Police are planning

to charge Hip-Hop star Busta Rhymes with assault charges, after the rapper allegedly

assaulted a driver who was seeking back pay, the day after Christmas (Dec. 26).


Rhymes, born Trevor Smith, allegedly assaulted Eddie Hatchett, 39, in Rhymes'

office on W. Broadway in Manhattan, when Hatchett attempted to collect money Rhymes

allegedly owed him. The

rapper, 34, allegedly struck Hatchett multiple times, causing a laceration on

the man's face. The

following day (Dec. 27), Hatchett reported the incident to police. According

to The New York Post, police will charge Busta with a misdemeanor charge

of third-degree assault, when he reenters the United States tomorrow (Jan. 2).Rhymes'

lawyer Robert Kalina has agreed that Rhymes will surrender to authorities for

questioning about the assault, when he returns from his travels abroad. "I'm

just an average Joe trying to support my family," Hatchett said. The

charges are the latest for Busta Rhymes, who is already facing assault charges

and harassment for allegedly punching and kicking a man who spit on his Maybach

as the rapper's entourage drove by in midtown Manhattan in August of 2006.The

rapper declined a plea bargain that would have allowed him to serve six months

for the assault.In

Feb. 2005, Rhymes' bodyguard was shot and killed on the video set for his "Touch

It (Remix)" single, taken from his critically acclaimed album The Big


are still seeking to question Rhymes about his knowledge of the shooting and murder,

but police say the rapper refuses to cooperate.