Rapper Eminem is facing nine years in prison after being charged with carrying a concealed weapon without a license and assault with a deadly weapon following his alleged involvement in a disturbance outside a DETROIT nightclub last week.
As previously reported on nme.com, Eminem was one of four people arrested during the early hours of June 4 following a brawl in a nightclub car park in the town of Warren, Michigan, near Detroit.
According to claims on various US websites, Eminem and a friend allegedly attacked a man who Eminem saw kissing his wife, Kim Scott.
In the struggle that followed a gun fell to the ground, which prompted nightclub bouncers to call the police. Both Kim Scott and her companion have subsequently been charged with disorderly conduct, although both plead not guilty to the charges.
Scott is quoted in the Detroit Free Press as saying Eminem‘s suspicions of her infidelity are wrong. She said: “I don’t think anybody in their right mind would cheat on a millionaire husband – especially with a nobody at a neighbourhood bar…the fact that he just jumped to conclusions has gotten him and myself in trouble.”
Yesterday, the County Court Assistant District attorney Bill Harding told US website [url=]www.launch.com that Eminem had been charged with “a two court warrant. Count one: assault with a dangerous weapon; and count two: carrying a concealed weapon”.
If Eminem is found guilty of the charges, he faces up to nine years in prison – five years for carrying a concealed weapon and four years for assault with a dangerous weapon. The rapper is expected to return to Warren today (June 7) to hand himself in the authorities where a bond for his release will be set. He has no previous convictions, and is expected to plead not guilty to both charges.
It seems unlikely that the current top selling artist in the US will walk away from the incident scot free – even if found not guilty of carrying a concealed weapon. Warren City Attorney George Constance has said previously that if the concealed weapons charges don’t stick, he may bring five lesser charges of assault and battery, disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace against the rapper.