Public Enemy‘s Flavor Flav has pleaded guilty to charges of attempted battery.
The rapper, real name William Drayton Jr, was initially facing a possible 12-year prison sentence after being accused of pulling a knife on his girlfriend’s son in October 2012, with the teenager claiming that Flav had threatened to kill him at their Las Vegas home. However, the charges of child abuse, assault with a deadly weapon and battery domestic violence were dropped to attempted battery with substantial bodily harm and battery constituting domestic violence, reports CNN.
Flav’s guilty plea means he must now attend 12 domestic counselling sessions with the teenager. In court in Las Vegas, the rapper said to the judge: “I love my son and my son loves me, too.” If he violates any of his plea deal terms, Flav could face up to a year behind bars.
Earlier this year, Flav was arrested for driving with a suspended licence. The rapper was caught by New York State troopers in Long Island. A statement from the New York State Police reported that Flavor Flav was stopped for driving 24 miles per hour over the speed limit. The suspensions on his licence – 16 in total – were revealed following a routine check. Police also found a small amount of marijuana. He was arrested for Felony Aggravated Unlicensed Operation and traffic violations.
Flavor Flav spent nine weeks in jail for driving on a suspended licence and for unpaid parking tickets in 2002.