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Yayo rejects jail offer

50 Cent collaborator says he's not guilty of assault

Rapper Tony Yayo has rejected the offer of spending nine months in jail in exchange for pleading guilty to assaulting a 14-year-old boy.

Yayo, who founded hip-hop group G-Unit along with rapper 50 Cent, has pleaded not guilty to the charges, which include assault, harassment and endangering the welfare of a child for allegedly hitting the boy.

"The prosecution's nine-month offer is one Tony vehemently rejected," said Yayo's lawyer, Scott Leemon. "It's not even a good offer for a guilty person, and Tony denies the allegations absolutely."

The alleged victim is James Rosemond, the teenage son of recording executive Jimmy 'Henchman Rosemound.

The case has been adjourned until September 6, reports the Associated Press. Yayo is currently free on $5,000 bail.

--By our Los Angeles staff.
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