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Rapper Young Buck ordered to stand trial

Accused of stabbing a man at last year's Vibe Awards
/ Source: The Associated Press

A rapper accused of stabbing a man during a melee at last year’s Vibe Awards must stand trial on an assault charge, a judge ruled Monday.

Young Buck, whose given name is David Darnell Brown, allegedly stabbed Jimmy James Johnson after Johnson punched Brown’s mentor, Dr. Dre, during the Nov. 15 taping of the show.

Superior Court Judge James Dabney found sufficient evidence to try the 24-year-old Brown, who was scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday.

“We’re confident when all the truth comes out, he’ll be exonerated,” said defense attorney Leonard Levine.

Johnson has pleaded not guilty to an assault charge during the confrontation, which set off a chair-throwing brawl that spread through the crowd.

Young Buck is signed to Dre’s record label as part of the G-Unit clique, and his first solo album, “Straight Outta Ca$hville,” debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard charts in August.