Rapper JAY-Z has proclaimed himself to be “100 per cent innocent” of gun possession charges after being released on bail late on Friday (April 13) in a case that began when police found his bodyguard carrying a loaded gun in his waistband.
After being charged of criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree the star, who appeared in a New York court under his real name Shawn Carter, was released on $10,000 bail.
During a brief hearing, his lawyer Stacey Richman went on to argue that the gun possession case against Jay-Z was “very slim.” According to reports form the US, just before his arrest, Jay-Z was in the back of a car, behind a partition, and was unaware that his bodyguard had a gun in the front of the car, Richman claimed.
The bodyguard, Hamza Hewitt, and two other people in the car, record executive Tyran Smith and limo company owner Romero Chambers were also bailed.
The police claim to have seen Hewitt retrieve a gun from a compartment in the front passenger door of the car parked in front of nightclub, Club Exit in the early hours of Friday morning.
Hewitt is said to have then placed the gun in his waistband and entered the car, which drove off with Jay-Z and two other men inside. The car was pulled in by police moments after it left the club, and all four men arrested.
Jay-Z and his co-defendants are due to return to court on June 26.
However, the rapper has more immediate court problems on the horizon. He is due to face charges of stabbing music exec Lance ‘Un’ Rivera in December 1999 on Wednesday (April 18). At his hearing on gun possession charges, the judge warned that his $50,000 bail in that case may be affected by the new charge.