Eminem Draws 1 Year Of Probation

Rapper Eminem (real name: Marshall Bruce Mathers III) received one year of probation today (June 28) in a Pontiac, Mich., courtroom for a weapons charge authorities say stemmed from a dispute with a r

Rapper Eminem (real name: Marshall Bruce Mathers III) received one year of probation today (June 28) in a Pontiac, Mich., courtroom for a weapons charge authorities say stemmed from a dispute with a rival Detroit rap group. He could have gotten as much as five years in prison. "Poor judgment is an understatement for what you did," Circuit Judge Denise Langford Morris said.

Mathers, who has come under fire for his violent and anti-gay lyrics, was accused of pulling a 9mm semiautomatic gun in a Royal Oak, Mich., parking lot during an argument last June with associates of the rap group Insane Clown Posse. Witnesses said Eminem did not point the gun at anyone, and the rapper said it was not loaded. He pleaded no contest to charges of carrying a concealed weapon and brandishing a weapon.

"You are extremely lucky, sir, that no one was injured or killed," the judge said.

The rapper skyrocketed to fame with the hit song, "The Real Slim Shady," with the refrain, "Will the real Slim Shady please stand up?" Poking fun at the song, the judge said, "Mr. Mathers. Now is the time for you to please stand up."

Mathers was ordered to pay more than $2,300 in fines and court fees. The judge also ordered him to perform community service, telling him to submit his idea for community service within 21 days. The requirement was it has to be something creative that would be "impactful to young people," the judge said.

Earlier this year, Mathers pleaded guilty to a separate weapons charge and received two years of probation. In return, prosecutors dropped an assault charge stemming from an incident, also last June, in which he was accused of pistol-whipping a man seen kissing his wife outside a nightclub.

The debut album by his side project D12, "Devil's Night," debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 this week.


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