A judge sentenced Busta Rhymes to three years’ probation Tuesday for assaulting his former driver and a fan, and warned the rapper to stay out of trouble.
The 35-year-old Rhymes, whose real name is Trevor Smith, was also ordered to perform 10 days of community service; pay a $1,250 fine, plus court costs; and enroll in a drunken driving program.
After the sentencing, Rhymes said the terms of the plea deal won’t be a problem. “I have no trouble being a good dude because that’s what I am,” he said.
Scott Leemon, Rhymes’ lawyer, said a private agency called Rock Corp. will work out the community service program. He said he doesn’t know yet what it will be. He also said Rhymes has paid most of the fines and surcharges he owed.
Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Larry Stephen put Rhymes on notice that he must abide by the conditions of his probation.
“If you mess up, you’re going to jail,” he said. “I’ve given you a chance.”
Rhymes said after the sentencing, “I couldn’t feel better, and this couldn’t have happened at a better time. I thank the judge for giving me a chance and I thank everybody for being supportive.”
Rhymes pleaded guilty in January on the day he was set to go to trial on the assault and driving offenses related to four separate incidents.
At that time, Stephen revoked Rhymes’ driver’s license for six months and signed an order of protection directing him to stay away from his former driver.
Known for eye-catching outfits and an antic performance style, Rhymes was dressed at his court appearance in a conservative gray suit and lavender pocket square, a lavender shirt, and a gray-and-lavender floral patterned tie.
His hits include “Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See,” “Dangerous” and “Touch It.” He also has appeared in movies, including “Shaft” and “Finding Forrester.”