Eminem Pleads Guilty To Weapons Charge

Rapper Eminem (real name: Marshall Mathers III) yesterday (Feb. 14) agreed to plead guilty in a Michigan courtroom to a charge of carrying a concealed weapon, according to prosecutors. In return for t

Rapper Eminem (real name: Marshall Mathers III) yesterday (Feb. 14) agreed to plead guilty in a Michigan courtroom to a charge of carrying a concealed weapon, according to prosecutors. In return for the plea, Macomb County assistant prosecutor David Portuesi said a charge of assault with a dangerous weapon was dropped.

"We thought it was a reasonable offer and apparently he did too. So this should resolve the matter," Portuesi said. Mathers was charged after an altercation last June outside a nightclub. Police said he struck a man who was allegedly kissing his wife, Kim.

The rapper faces up to five years in prison when he is sentenced on April 10, although, according to his publicist, Mathers will seek probation. "Marshall is looking forward to putting this matter behind him," his publicist said.

Mathers, who lives in Macomb County's Clinton Township, still faces charges in neighboring Oakland County of carrying a concealed weapon and brandishing a firearm in public. His publicist had no comment on thepending charges. Messages left with Eminem's attorneys were not immediately returned yesterday.

Eminem's "The Marshall Mathers LP" is nominated for four Grammys, including album of the year. However, he has been criticized by gay and women's groups for his misogynist and anti-gay lyrics, and will be the subject of protests by these groups at the Feb. 21 ceremony in Los Angeles. As previously reported, Eminem is scheduled to perform a duet at the awards show with openly gay entertainer Elton John.

As a result of the controversy, the Recording Academy and the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) will stage a forum on the social responsibility of musical artists. Dubbed "Intolerance In Music," the discussion will take place the day before the Grammys (Feb. 20) at the Mark Taper Auditorium of the Los Angeles County Library's central branch.

Among those taking part will be Recording Academy president/CEO Michael Greene, GLAAD executive director Joan M. Garry, youth activists, members of gay/straight alliances, and musical producers and artists.

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