Beanie Sigel, the rapper who has sold hundreds of thousands of records glamorizing a criminal lifestyle, was convicted of assault today (Jan. 10) in Philadelphia for a fight in 2003.
Sigel, born Dwight Grant, agreed with the prosecutor’s version of events, and was convicted of misdemeanor simple assault. He was immediately sentenced to two years probation plus $180 in court costs.
The charges stem from an argument between Sigel and a man who said the rapper punched him in both eyes, breaking his left eye socket, during a January 2003 argument outside a Chinese restaurant.
The case was the last in a series of criminal charges against Sigel, who has a long arrest record dating back to his days growing up in South Philadelphia.
With the case behind him, Sigel now plans to “make music, make movies and work on his clothing line,” said his attorney, Fortunato N. Perri Jr.
In September, a jury acquitted him of charges that he nearly shot a man to death on a crowded city street two years ago. In August, Sigel left federal prison after serving nearly a year on a weapons charge that stemmed from a 2002 traffic stop in Philadelphia.
Sigel also has fallen behind in child-support payments. He was briefly jailed in November until he paid $27,000 in child support and $2,000 in fines. He was due in family court later today because he again owes child-support money.
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