Rapper Fat Joe (real name: Joseph Cartagena) was booked yesterday afternoon (July 10) for assault after turning himself in to New York police. According to police, the rapper and members of his entour

Rapper Fat Joe (real name: Joseph Cartagena) was booked yesterday afternoon (July 10) for assault after turning himself in to New York police. According to police, the rapper and members of his entourage were involved in a May 12 altercation with a man named Steve Garib at B.B. King's Blues Club & Grill in New York's Times Square, in which Garib suffered a fractured jaw, multiple bruises, cuts, and contusions.

Garib "was pushed from behind," according to his police deposition. "When he turned around, a group of at least six people began to beat him. He was punched and kicked repeatedly by this group even after he fell to the ground."

Fat Joe was arraigned last night and is due back in court Sept. 5. He was released from custody on his own recognizance. The rapper is currently enjoying a crossover hit with the track "What's Luv" featuring Ashanti, which is No. 19 in its 23rd week on the Billboard Hot 100, No. 16 on Billboard's Hot Rap Tracks chart, and No. 15 on Billboard's Top 40 Tracks tally.

The rapper's lawyer, Philippe Dussek, told the Associated Press he has found eyewitnesses "who attest to the fact that my client was nowhere near the incident and they never saw him touch anyone." He added that one witness is a club bouncer who told him, "Joe was not involved at all. He said he never saw Joe lay a hand on the individual at all."

Fat Joe was arrested in 1998 on suspicion of robbery and assault stemming from an incident in which police said he and late rapper Big Pun assaulted and robbed a man. The complaint was later dismissed.

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