Eminem stirred fresh controversy last night (July 6) during a hometown DETROIT appearance on the ‘UP IN SMOKE’ US-wide tour.
The star, due to face a Macomb County Court today (July 7) on two weapons violations relating to an incident on June 3 when he is alleged to have threatened an associate of the Insane Clown Posse with an unloaded gun, brought two life-size blow-up dolls of Insane Clown Posse onstage and simulated a sex act with them.
The gesture at the 10,000 capacity Joe Louis Stadium seems set to inflame tensions between Insane Clown Posse and Eminem.
There is an ongoing war of words between the two acts, with both swapping insults on respective records.
It is not the first time on the tour that Eminem has openly alluded to his mounting legal problems.
Following an incident where he is said to have pistol-whipped a man he saw kissing his wife Kim (only hours after the Insane Clown Posse incident) the rapper threw around a blow-up doll he called Kim onstage at San Diego (June 15) during the opening night of the ‘Up In Smoke’ tour. And only last week, at a show in Toronto, he appeared in an orange prison jumpsuit.
Even if the star, currently at Number One in the UK singles charts with ‘The Real Slim Shady’, is acquitted today, he will have to return to court on Tuesday to face separate weapon charges relating to the pistol-whipping incident.
However, Eminem‘s lawyer, Peter Peacock, says he acted in self- defence against John Guerra the man the rapper is alleged to have discovered kissing Kim outside a nightclub in Warren, Michigan during the early hours of June 4. He is confident that no prison sentence will follow.