Lil Wayne Sentencing Postponed Due To Fire At Courthouse
A fire broke out just after 10:30am this morning (March 2) at Manhattan's Criminal Court where Lil Wayne was set to be sentenced today. Now, the rapper's court case for attempted criminal possession of a weapon has been canceled, along with the rest of the day's court cases.
There was a "little fire, but no Lil Wayne," David Bookstaver, a spokesman for the Office of Court Administration, told Billboard.com, adding that the hearing has been scheduled for 2.15 pm tomorrow (March 3).
According to ABC's Channel 7, the fire broke out in the boiler room, which caused smoke to fill the lobby of the 17th floor Criminal Court building on 100 Centre Street. Hundreds of people have been evacuated; three minor injuries have been reported with the fire. As a result of the fire, Centre Street between Worth and Canal is closed. One lane of Worth Street is closed in both directions between Park Row and Broadway. A cause hasn't been reported yet although the Office of Court Administration says the fire may have been caused by construction in the basement, reports NY1.
Lil Wayne was to be sentenced to an expected one-year prison term for a gun possession charges stemming from a 2007 arrest. This is the second time his sentencing gets postponed - the first time being for dental surgery. He released a statement to his fans late Monday, in which he tweeted, "yesterday i smiled,today i smirked,tomorrow i stop.............................thanks for your thoughts and prayers,they're needed. They kant lok up my heart bekuz y'all already have it on lok. ......thank u."