Rapper The Game Has Pleaded Not Guilty To Felony Criminal Threat And Misdemeanour Assault After Allegedly Punching An Off-duty Police Officer During A Basketball Game.
The Dreams hitmaker was in court in Los Angeles on Monday (29Jun15), just hours after attending Chris Brown's post-BET Awards party.
He is charged with attacking Onyebuchi Awaji during a pick-up game at Hollywood High School in March (15), but the rap star, real name Jayceon Taylor, insists he was acting in self-defence and felt sure the off-duty cop had a firearm in his sports bag.
The Game is scheduled to return to court on 30 July (15). He faces up to three years in prison if convicted.
The rapper's bad start to the week got worse later on Monday after he was ordered to pay his children's former nanny $200,000 (GBP125,000) as part of her 2013 defamation lawsuit settlement.
Karen Monroe claimed her ex-employer, real name Jayceon Taylor, ruined her reputation as a child carer by posting a photo of her online and warning his followers against employing her.
In her lawsuit, Monroe alleged Taylor lied when he accused her of yelling at his children and having sex with a boyfriend in the family bedroom, among other claims.
The rap star reportedly ignored her lawsuit, which prompted a judge to grant Monroe a default judgment of $200,000 earlier this month (Jun15).