Rapper Busta Rhymes “Trevor Smith”, 34, surrendered to police last night. Busta was arrested for allegedly punching out a former employee that came to his office to collect money.
When he turned himself in he was accompanied by his attorneys Scott Leemon and Robert Kalina at the 1st Precinct station house in Manhattan at about 7:30 p.m., according to reports, where he was processed (booked) and fingerprinted.
He reportedly left out of the station at approximately 11:30 pm with two detectives and several officers where he was escorted to a car and then taken to Manhattan’s Central Booking.
Busta Rhymes was stated to have kept quiet throughout the entire process and was expected to spend at least a night in a jail cell and would meet with a judge for his arraignment Thursday morning.
Busta Rhymes charged assualt allegedly occured between him and his former driver 39-year-old Eddie Hatchett, on Dec. 26 at his office in NY located at 84 W. Broadway. Hatchett made claims that he was owed for 19 days worth of pay and when he approached Busta Rhymes about collecting his pay that’s when he was attacked by the rapper. The next day Hatchett is said to have tried to file a complaint near his home in Brooklyn but was told to go to the 1st Precinct in lower Manhatten where the assault had happened.
“I’m just an average Joe trying to support my family,” Hatchett said.
The judge set Busta’s bail at $3500 this morning and ordered him to stay away from Hatchett. He is due back in court on February 20.
Recently Busta Rhymes has been having a number of bouts with the law with the most recent being only about a month ago. He is being charged with a weapons charge for having a machete inside his car and a driving offense. He was also already facing attempted-assault and harassment charges for allegedly beating up a fan who spit on a car in the stars’ entourage on Aug. 12.
Prosecutors have tried numerous times to offer Busta Rhymes a plea bargain for six months behind bars, but the rapper has refused to take their offered deal.