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The Game Pleads Not Guilty to Punching Police Officer

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The Game poses backstage at "The Documentary" 10th anniversary party and concert on Jan. 18, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

The Game has pleaded not guilty to charges filed after he was accused of punching and threatening an off-duty police officer during a basketball game.

The rapper, whose real name is Jayceon Taylor, entered the plea Monday (Dec. 21) in a Los Angeles courtroom.

The Game Charged With Hitting an Off-Duty Cop

Taylor was charged in June with one felony count of making criminal threats and a misdemeanor assault and battery charge over the altercation that occurred in March.

Los Angeles police officer Onyebuchi Awaji testified at a hearing earlier this month that Taylor threatened to kill him after punching him during the game after an intentional foul.

A judge ruled there was sufficient evidence for Taylor to stand trial on the charges. No trial date has been set and the 36-year-old is scheduled to return to court on Jan. 11.