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Azealia Banks Accepts Plea Deal for Anger Management in Assault Case

Azealia Banks accepted a plea deal on Wednesday in a New York City assault case.

Azealia Banks accepted a plea deal on Wednesday (March 15) in a New York City assault case. 

According to Banks’ entertainment attorney John Vafa, who worked with Banks’ New York court-appointed counselor to settle the deal, the rapper agreed to 26 weeks of classes mandated by the district attorney and judge. She will also be required to provide regular updates to the judge, abide by the law and avoid other conflicts. 

Jury selection was scheduled to begin on Wednesday for the case related to Banks’ arrest in December 2015 on charges of misdemeanor assault and attempted assault for allegedly punching and biting a nightclub security guard’s breast in an altercation.  

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“After conferring and working with Ms. Banks’ New York criminal attorney, we were able to negotiate and accept a plea deal,” Vafta told Pitchfork in a statement. “Ms. Banks will participate in the ordered courses by the district attorney and the judge for 26 weeks.”

Last week, Banks missed a hearing for the case that caused the judge to issue a warrant for her arrest. The following day, she appeared in court and the warrant was retracted

If Banks fails to comply with the deal, she could face the misdemeanor assault and attempted assault charges again.