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All criminal charges of misdemeanor assault, harassment, and endangering the welfare of a child brought against G-Unit rapper Tony Yayo were dismissed yesterday. The charges stem from an incident nearly a year ago when a teenaged son of Jimmy Rosemond (manger of former G-Unit member The Game) was slapped. The man who actually committed the assault is now being identified as Lawell Fletcher. Fletcher was sentenced to nine months in prison after pleading guilty while Yayo will perform 60 days of community service for non-criminal harassment after admitting to “glaring” at the then 14-year-old. In a statement, Yayo’s lawyer declares that the rapper, in fact, attempted to stop the assault and pled guilty to the lesser charge to avoid “unnecessary hardships” of a trial.
The young man’s mother also released a statement requesting an apology from Yayo and G-Unit leader 50 Cent. “This malicious crime against a child is despicable and any industry sponsor or company that supports individuals like Tony Yayo should remove themselves from a relationship with him and his affiliated entities,” she said. To view both statements, visit www.MissInfo.tv.
In another legal matter, 50 Cent (born Curtis Jackson) was granted relief in his child support payments to ex-girlfriend Shaniqua Tomkins. 50 challenged Tomkins' request for $50,000 a month in support for their 10-year-old son. Tomkins had been receiving $25,000, but after the court explored her expenses they decided on $6,700 a month. “My client and I are very happy with the ruling,” Fif’s lawyer Brett Kimmel told the New York Post.
Rapper/actor/athlete Romeo is producing his own reality show. “Romeo’s World: Welcome to the Good Life” has followed him from prom to graduation, and into the University of Southern California on a basketball scholarship. “Reality TV is just cameras following you around and if you own the cameras and the production company then you own the content so you are able to control the series,” Romeo said. Romeo is now asking that fans decide which network should broadcast the show by voting on www.OfficialRomeo.com. “A lot of people get caught up with the hype and what other people want you to do,” he said. “I always make sure I’m doing what I love doing and I think that goes a long way.”
Island Def Jam Music Group Chairman Antonio “L.A.” Reid announced Wednesday that producer DJ Khaled is partnering with the label for his We The Best Music imprint, according to SOHH.com. Last June, his album of the same name released debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard 200 and has since almost achieved gold status. “I'm proud to be a member of the Def Jam family. Def Jam has been and still is one of the most important institutions in hip-hop and music as a whole,” Khaled said. “I am extremely honored and excited to be a partner with them in We The Best Music. I look forward to creating great music and continuing the success.”
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