Public Enemy’s Flavor Flav could face 12 years in prison for assault

The rapper is accused of threatening a 17 year-old boy with a butcher's knife

Public Enemy‘s Flavor Flav is to stand trial on two felony charges after allegedly threatening his girlfriend’s son with a butcher’s knife.

The rapper chose not to testify during an evidence hearing in Las Vegas on Wednesday (April 10), but the 17-year-old boy appeared to state his case and a judge ruled that there is enough evidence to take Flavor Flav – real name William Jonathan Drayton, Jr – to trial.

The 54-year-old rapper was arrested on an assault charge last October (2012) before being released on $23,000 (£15,000) bail. He is accused of pushing his girlfriend to the floor during an altercation at their Las Vegas home and brandishing a butcher’s knife while he chased and threatened the teenage boy.

Flavor Flav will appear in court next Thursday (April 18) to hear formal charges of assault with a weapon and child endangerment. He is expected to plead not guilty, but faces up to 12 years in prison if convicted, the AP reports.

Meanwhile, Public Enemy are due to kick off a US and European tour with a gig in LA next Tuesday (April 16). The tour includes three UK dates scheduled for later this month: Glasgow on April 22, Nottingham on April 23 and Norwich on April 24.