Trick Daddy Faces Assault Charges

Rapper Trick Daddy is facing assault charges in Miami after witnesses told police he brandished a gun and threatened to kill a man during a dispute following a basketball game.

Rapper Trick Daddy is facing assault charges in Miami after witnesses told police he brandished a gun and threatened to kill a man during a dispute following a basketball game. The South Florida rapper, whose real name is Maurice Young, surrendered early Wednesday and was charged with aggravated assault with a firearm, possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, Miami-Dade police spokesman Robert Williams said.

Trick Daddy has a history of drug and weapon related arrests. He was convicted in 1991 on charges of cocaine possession, carrying a concealed firearm, and violating probation. He served two-and-a-half years in state prison, state attorney spokesman Ed Griffith said.

Trick Daddy was released later Wednesday after posting $22,500 bond, Miami-Dade County Jail officials said. He faces a maximum 35 years in prison if convicted on all charges.

The alleged assault occurred Feb. 3. Witnesses told police that Trick Daddy was playing basketball with friends when he got into a dispute with Pernell Paige, 27. The rapper left the court but returned armed and threatened Paige, police said. Williams said Trick Daddy calmed down and left without firing or striking Paige.

Phone messages left at Paige's home, and the rapper's record labels, Atlantic and Slip-N-Slide Records, were not returned. Jail records list the rapper as being 26, but other records, including his driver's license, list him as being 28.

The artist, who has also gone by the stage names Trick Daddy Dollars or T Double D, last August released his fifth album, "Thug Holiday." The set debuted at No. 2 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart and No. 6 on The Billboard 200.


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