Dame Dash Facing Assault Charge After Incident With America Editor-In-Chief

Rap mogul Dame

Dash is facing a third-degree misdemeanor assault charge, after being accused

of assaulting veteran journalist and America Editor/co-CEO Smokey D. Fontaine

last week.

Fontaine filed

a police report against Dash on Thursday (Sept. 29) accusing the America publisher

of punching him in the chest and knocking him over a chair, resulting in injury.

The incident occurred

after the two argued in Dash’s New York office.

Fontaine checked

into a New York hospital until Thursday and is currently recovering.

Fontaine founded

America, billed as an "urban luxury publication." The magazine launched

in 2004.


a fashion forward magazine," Dash told AllHipHop.com shortly after the

magazine launched. "Its bringing Hip-Hop to fashion and fashion to Hip-Hop.

"I want to do it with someone I trust and I trust Smokey and think he’s

good at what he does and he’s respected in his community. And it’s

working out."

Insiders say Dash

was irked that Fontaine was reportedly seeking outside investors to infuse cash

into the magazine.

Dash was also allegedly

upset with a Sean John advertorial that is scheduled to run in an upcoming issue.

Dash recently announced

he was selling his share in Rocawear back to investors for $22 million dollars.

Fontaine has worked

at Trace, the music editor at The Source and helped co-author DMX's autobiography,

"EARL: The Autobiography of DMX."


for Dash could not be reached at press time.