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50 Cent to avoid jail time for alleged assault

Singer needs to stay drug-free and not commit any crimes for two years
/ Source: The Associated Press

50 Cent will avoid jail time for allegedly trampling two women and punching a third during a concert last year if he stays drug-free and doesn’t commit any crimes for two years.

If he meets the conditions set by Judge Robert Kumor at a hearing Friday in Springfield District Court, assault and battery charges will be dropped. If he doesn’t, he could spend time in jail.

The 28-year-old rapper, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, acknowledged the facts were sufficient for a guilty finding. He had been charged with three counts of assault and battery.

During a surprise concert at Springfield’s Hippodrome club last May, someone in the crowd sprayed 50 Cent with water. He removed his gold chain, handed it to someone, then jumped off the stage into the crowd, witnesses said. The rapper’s bodyguards also jumped in.

Two women said Jackson kicked and trampled them. Another woman said he punched her in the face.

Jackson, who lives in Farmington, Conn., wore a gray double-breasted suit and silver tie. He didn’t speak and left court through a back door, disappointing a crowd of fans.

The judge ordered Jackson to undergo random drug testing for two years.

Kumor also ordered him to get anger management treatment and banned him from carrying a gun in Massachusetts. He must pay the three women for their out-of-pocket medical expenses and produce an anti-violence public service announcement.