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Rapper Beanie Siegel convicted of assault

Misdemeanor stems from 2003 fight, will carry two years probation
/ Source: The Associated Press

Beanie Sigel, the rapper who has sold hundreds of thousands of records glamorizing a criminal lifestyle, was convicted of assault Tuesday for a fight in 2003.

Sigel, born Dwight Grant, agreed with the prosecutor’s version of events, and was convicted of misdemeanor simple assault. He was immediately sentenced to two years probation plus $180 in court costs.

The charges stem from an argument between Sigel and a man who said the rapper punched him in both eyes, breaking his left eye socket, during a January 2003 argument outside a Chinese restaurant.

The case was the last in a series of criminal charges against Sigel, who has a long arrest record dating back to his days growing up in South Philadelphia.

With the case behind him, Sigel now plans to “make music, make movies and work on his clothing line,” said his attorney, Fortunato N. Perri Jr.

In September, a jury acquitted him of charges that he nearly shot to death a man on a crowded city street two years ago. In August, Sigel left federal prison after serving nearly a year on a federal weapons charge that stemmed from a 2002 traffic stop in Philadelphia.

Sigel also has fallen behind in child-support payments for his 5-year-old son. He was briefly jailed in November until he paid $27,000 in child support and $2,000 in fines.

He made a second court appearance Tuesday for being behind in those payments. The rapper had not made the $100-per-week support payments since the November court appearance, a total of $900. He was found in contempt again Tuesday and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine.

Sigel’s three albums — “The Truth” in 2000, “The Reason” in 2001 and last year’s “The B. Coming” — each hit the top five on the Billboard album chart. Many of Sigel’s songs depict guns, drugs and violence.

He also has his own clothing line and starred in the movie “State Property” and its sequel.