Mugshots of Rap, HipHop and R&B Stars

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Khalil Sharieff

Kahlil Sharief
Arrested for Driving Under the Influence Kahlil Sharief. Mug Shot

Top Music Stars Busted

The lyrics of many rap music songs glorify drugs, guns and the gangster lifestyle, but with the long history of murder and violence surrounding some of the top stars of the industry, the image may be more of a reflection of their real-life circumstances, than an effort to appeal to a specific audience.

R&B singer Khalil Sharieff, 19, was arrested on January 23, 2014, and charged with drunk driving after he was stopped for racing a red Ferrari against Justin Beiber who driving a yellow Lamborghini.

According to the police records, Sharieff and Beiber were drag racing through a residential area at around 4 a.m. when they were stopped by the police.

Beiber was also arrested and charged with driving under the influence, resisting arrest and driving without a valid driver's license.

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R Kelly - Part 1

R Kelly Mugshot
Mugshot and Criminal History Chart-topping R&B Star. R Kelly

June 5, 2002 - R. Kelly was charged with 21 counts of child pornography and illegally engaging in sexual acts with a minor.

R. Kelly, born Robert Kelly, was arrested in Florida after an investigation of a videotape recorded between November 1997 and February, allegedly showed Kelly having sex with an under aged girl.

The video was first brought to the attention of authorities after the Chicago Sun-Times received it and turned it over to the sex crimes division of the Chicago Police Department.

In a statement released by R. Kelly's attorney, Edward Genson, the R&B star said, "Even though I don't believe any of these charges are warranted, I'm grateful that I will have a chance to establish the truth about me in a court of law. I have complete faith in our system of justice, and I'm confident that when all the facts come out, people will see that I'm no criminal."

Prior to the indictment, investigators interviewed more than 50 witnesses who identified R. Kelly as the person on the video. The video was also checked by the FBI and considered it authentic.

'The charge is that there's a young lady under the age of 18 on that tape and there isn't,' Kelly's lawyer Ed Genson told The Associated Press. 'That's simply the stance that I'm taking. We're going to court and we'll disprove that she was underage.'

The girl on the tape was allegedly the daughter of an associate of Kelly's and fourteen years old at the time that the video was taken. Both the girl and her parents have denied the allegations.

This wasn't the first time R. Kelly faced accusations of engaging in sex with minors. He settled two lawsuits by two women who said he had sex with them when they were minors. A third lawsuit by another woman accusing R. Kelly of forcing her to have an abortion after impregnating her when she was a teen-ager is still pending.

On June 13, 2008, a Chicago jury deliberated about seven hours before returning not guilty verdicts on all 14 counts of child pornography.

See Also: R. Kelly Acquitted of Porn Charges

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R Kelly - Part 2

R Kelly Mugshot (2)
Mugshot and Criminal History R&B Super Star. R Kelly

Indicted on 21 counts of child pornography.

R. Kelly was arrested in Miami on 12 counts of possession of child pornography. Authorities searched Kelly's Davenport, Florida home and seized camera equipment which alledgedly had pictures of Kelly "involved in sexual conduct with the female minor."

On March 17, 2004, Circuit Judge Dennis Maloney ruled that the police did not have enough evidence to justify searching Kelly's home and that the pictures were illegally seized. Prosecutors did not appeal Maloney's decision and ultimately dropped the charges.

Kelly has always maintained that he was innocent of all charges against him.

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DMX X

DMX Mugshot
Mugshot and Criminal History Rapper and Actor. DMX X

On December 24, 2002, DMX, born Earl Simmons, was charged with unsafe lane changing, failure to signal and possession of a forged instrument.

Other Arrests Include:

  • In 1999 in Teaneck, New Jersey, police charged DMX with animal cruelty, disorderly conduct and possession of drug paraphernalia after finding a loaded pistol, 13 pit bulls and six used crack pipes in his home. All charges were dropped after he agreed to make public service announcements for the Humane Society.
  • On June 27, 2003, DMX was arrested at the St. Kitts Music Festival in the Caribbean of Saint Kitts, for swearing during his performance despite organizer warnings that using obscenities on stage was against the law.
  • On June 24, 2004 DMX was held in central lockup in Queens, New York after being arrested at Kennedy Airport's parking lot after he and another man were allegedly caught trying to steal a car then fighting with the car's owner. DMX allegedly crashed through the parking-lot gate, shouting to the parking lot attendant that he was as an FBI agent. He then stopped another driver and tried to force him out of his car, also identifying himself as an FBI agent.

    DMX pleaded guilty to driving under the influence and reckless endangerment and was fined $1,000, was sentenced to a conditional discharge, had his license suspended for six months and had to forfeit his 1998 Ford Expedition SUV.

  • In December of 2004, just weeks after being given a "conditional sentence for his June 24th arrest, police clocked DMX driving over 100 mph in a 65 mph speed zone and arrested and charged him with various driving violations including driving with a suspended license (see June 24, 2004 arrest).
     
  • On April 15, 2005 DMX was charged with driving with a suspended license after his involvement in a a three-car collision on the Major Deegan Expressway in the Bronx. The rapper hit a car, pushing it into a police cruiser.
     
  • On November 18, 2005 he was given a 70-day jail sentence for his December 2004 arrest. His sentence was 10 more days than the original sentence because the rapper appeared in court late the previous day. He was sent to Rikers Island to serve out his sentence.
     
  • On December 2005, DMX pleaded guilty to driving with a suspended license when arrested in April 15, 2005 after being involved in a three-car collision. He received and additional seven-day sentence to the 70-day sentence issued in November, 2005.
     
  • On December 30, 2005, DMX was released from prison early for good conduct after serving a month of his 70-day sentence.

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Suge - Marion Knight

Marion
Mugshot and Criminal History Co-founder of Death Row Records. Police Mugshot

Suge Knight, co-founder of Death Row Records, was arrested in March of 1997 on violating his probation from a 1992 assault conviction.

  • Knight received probation in 1992 for weapons and assault charges. He was found guilty of breaking that probation in 1996 after security cameras at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas caught him and a group of other men beating a gang member. He was sentenced to nine years in prison for parole violation.
     
  • He was released from prison in 2001 with parole conditions including not having any contact with his former partner, Dr. Dre.
     
  • On December 23, 2002 he was arrested again for parole violation. Knight had moved to Malibu without informing his parole officer and associated with known gang members. He was released after 61 days after only one count, consorting with an alleged gang member, was upheld.
     
  • On June 21, 2003, Knight was arrested again for assaulting a parking lot attendant outside a Los Angeles nightclub. He was found guilty for the assault and for violating his parole and received a 10-month prison sentence.
     
  • On February 5, 2005 Knight was stopped by police for making an illegal U-turn. Police found marijuana in his truck and he was arrested and held for a week in jail but later cleared of all but the moving violation charge and for driving without insurance.
     
  • Marion "Suge" Knight was fined $691 Friday (August 5) and cleared of a marijuana possession charge after pleading no contest to making an illegal U turn and driving without insurance in Barstow, California.
     
  • Knight was arrested and jailed for more than a week after police said they found marijuana in his Ford pickup truck during a traffic stop on February 5.

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Puffy, P. Diddy, Sean Combs Mugshot and Criminal History

Sean
Mugshot and Criminal History CEO of Bad Boy. Puffy Sean Combs

Mugshots and arrests of Sean "Piddy" Combs, also known as P. Diddy, Puffy, Diddy, Puff Daddy, and Puff, is an actor, rapper, record producer, songwriter and an entrepreneur. Ranked as 15th in top earnings among musicians, Combs' net worth in 2015 was $735 million.

Arrested Following a Shooting at a NYC Nightclub

On December 27, 1999, Combs and then-girlfriend Jennifer Lopez were at the Club New York, celebrating a soon-to-be released album by Jamal “Shyne” Barrow, when allegedly Combs and another patron, Matthew Allen (a.k.a. Scar) got into a confrontation.

It was reported that as Combs and his group were leaving the club when he accidently knocked into Allen, causing him to drop his drink. Allen responded by shoving Combs and the situation intensified.

Witnesses told police that Combs and Shyne pulled out semiautomatic pistols after one of Allen's friend threw a stack of money at Combs but that it was Shyne (not Combs) who fired his gun, injuring three people in the club.

Combs, Lopez, bodyguard Anthony Jones and driver, Wardel Fenderson fled the scene in Combs' Lincoln Navigator. Police stopped the vehicle after Fenderson ran a red light.

Police found a loaded 9 mm pistol, which had been reported as stolen, inside of the car and the four were arrested, questioned and released.

On January 4, 2000, Combs went before the grand jury investigating the nightclub shooting.

He was indicted on weapons charges and later for bribery after his driver Wardel Fenderson testified that Lopez and Jones offered him $50,000 and a diamond ring if he agreed to say he owned the gun found in the car.

Acquitted

On March 16, 2001, Combs, represented by attorney Johnnie Cochran Jr., was acquitted of the weapons possession and bribery charges. The jury also acquitted Combs' bodyguard Anthony Jones of all charges.

Shyne was found guilty of assault, gun possession and reckless endangerment and received a ten year sentence. Shyne claimed that Combs snitched on him in order to avoid prison. He later referenced the incident within the lyrics of some of his rap songs accusing Combs of "snitching like a bitch."

Soon after the trial, Combs' changed his moniker from "Puffy" to "P. Diddy", claiming the trial had changed him.

"I've changed, I've matured," Combs' told Time. "This whole thing has made me deeper. It's not what it was about before ... I want to sit down and think about it and try and understand it on an intellectual level."

In 2012 Allen was shot to death in a New York nightclub.

Also in 2012 Combs and Shayne reportedly mended their relationship during Paris Fashion Week.

Other P. Diddy Arrests:

In April 1999 Combs and two accomplices were arrested for the assault of music executive Steve Stoute of Interscope Records.

Stoute was the manager for Nas, whose video for "Hate Me Now" featured Combs being crucified. Though Combs had willingly filmed the video scene earlier that year, he later demanded that the images be removed.

Stoute's refusal led to an argument and Combs' arrest for aggravated assault.

This was followed by more negative publicity as The Lox left Bad Boy Records, and a recording session with Lil' Kim and Lil' Cease (both of B.I.G.'s Junior M.A.F.I.A.)

Combs eventually paid Stoutes after a civil settlement of an undisclosed amount was later reached.

The P. Diddy Tupac Murder Hoax of 2014

In September 2014 an internet article went viral after reporting that Diddy had been arrested for the September 1996 gang-like murder of rap artist Tupac Shakur. It was later determined that the article was a hoax designed to drive traffic to the website where it was posted.

The murder of Tupac Shakur has never been solved.

Arrested for Assault With a Kettle Bell

On June 22, 2015, P. Diddy Combs was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon (a kettle bell) at the University of California.

According to TMZ, Combs was watching as his son Justin Combs was being yelled at by an assistant coach Sal Alosi during football practice. After practice Combs allegedly approached the coach in his office right before he was arrested.

It was later reported that Combs approached Alosi because he was being overly abusive to his son and publicly humiliated him several times in the past.

A spokesperson for Combs said the reports of the incident were "wholly inaccurate."

Combs was arrested and charged with three counts of assault with a deadly weapon, one count of making terrorist threats and one count of battery.

 

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Shyne Jamal Barrow

Mugshot of Jamal
Mug Shot and Criminal History Protege of CEO of Bad Boy, Sean "P. Diddy" Combs. Shyne Jamal Barrow

Rapper, Jamal "Shyne" Barrow is serving a 10-year prison sentence for his involvement in a 1999 shooting at a night club in New York City.

Known in some circles as P. Diddy's "fall guy", rapper and one time P. Diddy protege, Jamal "Shyne" Barrow was found guilty of first-degree assault, gun possession, and reckless endangerment in a 1999 New York Club shooting incident.

The fracas broke out on December 27, 1999, at a Manhattan nightclub where Shyne, Sean Combs with then-girlfriend Jennifer Lopez and their entourage had been partying. Around 3 a.m., Combs and Shyne allegedly began arguing with another group of patrons.

Someone threw money at Combs, a gesture of disrespect, and guns started going off. Three bystanders were shot - patron's Robert Thompson and Natanya Reuben and club's bouncer, Julius Jones. Shyne, who police found with a pistol in his waistband, was arrested after bystanders identified him as one of the shooters.

Combs, Lopez, bodyguard Anthony Jones and driver Wardel Fenderson fled the scene, but were later apprehended. Lopez was released, but the other three were charged on various weapons charges after a stolen gun was found under the front seat. Later another gun was located after a witness tipped off police stating that they saw someone in the Comb's car toss a gun out the car window.

No charges were filed against Lopez. Combs and his bodyguard, Anthony "Wolf" Jones, were acquitted of gun possession charges and Shyne received a 10-year prison. Barrow has always claimed he acted in self-defense and only fired his gun after the other group, Matthew 'Scar' Allen and his crew began shooting.

During the trial, Shyne's lawyer, Murray Richman, argued that a ballistics report proved that the bullets which stuck the victims were not from Shyne's gun and that the rapper fired shots into the air and not into the crowd. However, it was not enough to get Shyne out of being convicted of first-degree assault and being sent to prison for ten years.

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Tupac 2Pac Shakur

Mugshot and Criminal History. Mug Shot

On November 18, 1993, Tupac "2Pac" Shakur was arrested for sexually abusing a 19-year-old woman.

On November 18, 1993, Tupac "2Pac" Shakur was arrested for sexually abusing a 19-year-old woman, who he met in a New York nightclub and allegedly sodomized and sexually abused with three of his friends. In 1995, he was sentenced to prison for up to four and a half years, but received an early release after a few months. In September 1996, the 25-year-old Shakur was shot four times in the chest and died from the wounds.

Previous Arrests

  • 1992 - After a performance in Marin City, a confrontation occurred and Shakur pulled on his registered Colt Mustang gun, then allegedly dropped it. When a member of his entourage picked up the gun, a bullet discharged.

    The stray bullet killed 6-year-old Qa'id Walker-Teal. Shakur and his stepbrother Maurice Harding were arrested, but the charges were later dismissed. It was reported that Shakur agreed to pay a $300,000–$500,000 settlement to the parents.
     
  • April 5, 1993 - Tupac spent 10 days in a Michigan prison for beating another rapper with a baseball bat.
     
  • October 31, 1993 - Tupac allegedly stopped to help a black motorist who he felt was being harassed by the policemen. A fight broke out and Tupac shot one policemen in the leg and the other in the buttocks. When it was determined that the policemen were intoxicated and carrying guns taken from the police evidence room, the charges were dropped.
     
  • November 18, 1993 - Shakur was arrested on the sexual abuse and sodomy charges and weapons charges in New York City. The sodomy and weapons charges were dropped. Shakur was sentenced to 11/2 - 41/2 years in prison, to which he served nine months (beginning February 14, 1995) at the Clinton Correctional Facility.
     
  • November 10, 1994 - Tupac, slated to star in the movie Meance II, punched the director Allen Hughes. He spent 15 days in prison and was replaced in the movie by Larenz Tate.
     
  • November 30, 1994, Tupac Shakur was ambushed by three black men in the lobby of a recording studio in Times Square in New York City. The men robbed him of over $35,000 in cash and jewelry and shot him five times - hitting his head, groin and hand.
     
  • April 5, 1996, Tupac was sentenced to 130 days in jail for violating the terms of his release on bail.
     
  • On September 7, 1996 in Las Vegas, Nevada, Shakur attended the Mike Tyson and Bruce Seldon boxing match. Allegedly after the match, Shakur was involved in a fight in the lobby of the MGM Hotel.

    After the match was over, Marion "Suge" Knight told Shakur that an alleged Crips gang member, Orlando "Baby Lane" Anderson was in the hotel lobby. Anderson along with other gang members had been suspected of robbing an associate of the record company, Death Row, earlier in the year.

    Knight, Shakur and some of his entourage assaulted Anderson in the lobby.
    Later that evening, Shakur was hit with four bullets from a drive-by attack while riding in a car driven by Suge Knight, Shakur died in the University of Nevada Hospital six days later.

    Although there was a lot speculation about the murder being stimulated by an ongoing rivalry between gangs associated with east and west coast rap recording companies, the murder was never officially solved.

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ODB Russell Jones

Mugshot of James
Mugshot and Criminal History Co-founded Rap Group Wu-Tang Clan. ODB Russell Jones - Part 1

Russell Jones was the founder of the rap group the Wu-Tang Clan. In 1995, he launched his solo career and became known for his erratic behavior and legal woes.

Known Stage Names: Ason Unique, The Bebop Specialist, ODB, Big Baby Jesus, BZA, Dirt Dog, Dirt McGirt, Joe Bananas, Osirus, The Professor

Known Disturbances and Arrests:

  • 1993 - ODB was convicted of second-degree assault in New York.
  • 1994 - In Brooklyn, New York, ODB got into an argument with another rapper and was shot in the stomach.
  • November 1997 - Ol' Dirty Bastard was arrested and charged for failing to pay court-mandated child support of over $35,000, for three of his children he had with wife, Icelene Jones.
  • January 1998 - Jones was charged with attempted murder, attempted aggravated assault, and criminal possession of a weapon after he allegedly shot at two policemen who pulled him over for driving with his headlights off. The charges were dropped the following month after police could not link a weapon to him.
  • February 1998 - He was escorted off the stage at the Grammy Awards, after grabbing the microphone during Shawn Colvin's acceptance speech and saying things such as, "Puffy is good, but Wu-Tang is the best" and "Wu-Tang is for the children". (Everyone scratched their heads at that antic.)
  • April 1998 - He was handed a protection order after pleading guilty to attempted assault on Icelene Jones.
  • May 1998 - A bench warrant for his arrest was issued after he missed two court dates about his failure to pay child support.
  • July 1998 - ODB was shot in the back while being robbed while at his girl friends Brooklyn apartment.
  • July 1998 - A week after being shot, ODB was arrested in Virginia Beach for shoplifting a $50 pair of shoes.
  • August 1998 - Orders to arrest ODB were issued after he failed to show up to court for the shoplifting incident in Virginia Beach.
  • September 1998 - ODB was arrested on in Los Angeles for making terrorist threats after he was kicked out of the House of Blues in West Hollywood for acting drunk and disorderly. He returned a short time later and allegedly threatened to shoot the club's security staff (a felony in California).
  • November 1998 - Arrested for making terrorist threats after allegedly threatening to kill an ex-girlfriend. The charges were later dismissed due to lack of evidence.
  • February 1999 - Jones was pulled over for a traffic violation in Los Angeles and when unable to produce a driver's license, police searched him and discovered he was wearing a bulletproof vest. He was charged for unlawful possession of body armor.

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Ol' Dirty Bastard Russell Jones

Ol' Dirty Bastard Russell Jones Mugshot
Mugshot and Criminal History One Time Member of the Hip Hop Group the Wu-Tang Clan. Ol Dirty Bastard

Jones posed for this mugshot in December 2001 at the New York State Department of Correctional Services while serving time in prison on a drug charge.

  • March 1999 - Just four days after the above drug arrest, ODB was arrested in New York City for driving with a suspended license.
  • August 1999 - Jones was pulled over in Queens, New York, after running a red light. Police searched the car and found narcotics. He was arrested for possessing a narcotic with intent to sell and was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the second degree, unlawful possession of marijuana, driving by unlicensed operator, and disobeying the red traffic signal light.
  • August 1999 - Ten days after his arrest in Queens on drug charges, a bench warrant was issued for OBD's arrest for failing to appear in a Los Angeles Criminal Court for his February 1999 arrest for wearing a bulletproof vest.
  • November 1999 - Jones was sentenced to one year in a drug rehabilitation facility and three years formal probation in Los Angeles for making terrorist threats (Sept. 98) and wearing a bulletproof vest (Feb. 99).
  • January 2000 - Jones was kicked out of the drug rehabilitation facility for getting drunk.
  • March 2000 - Jones was sent to the California Department of Corrections for a 90-day evaluation for violating his probation after being kicked out of the rehabilitation facility in January.
  • June 2000 - After completing the 90-day evaluation, ODB was sentenced to spend 180 days at a drug treatment facility after pleading no contest to violating his probation in March.
  • October 2000 - A "no-bail" bench warrant has been issued for ODB after the rapper ran away from drug-treatment facility he was court ordered to go to for 180 days.
  • November 2000 - ODB was arrested at a McDonald's restaurant in Philadelphia after being a fugitive from police for over a month.
  • July 2001 - ODB was sentenced in Queens, New York to two to four years, for his August 1999 drug charges.
  • October 2001 - A Los Angeles Superior Court judge sentenced Jones to two years in prison for fleeing a drug rehab center. His sentence was to run concurrently with his New York prison sentence.
  • February 2003 - ODB was moved from prison to a psychiatric hospital in the New York City.
  • May 2003 - ODB leaves the psychiatric hospital and changes his name to Dirt McGirt.
  • November 13, 2004 - Jones dies from a fatal mixture of cocaine and the prescription pain killer drug Tramadol.

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Young Jeezy

Young Jeezy - Mugshot and Arrests
Mugshot and Arrests Atlanta Rapper Arrested on Gun Charges. Young Jeezy

Atlanta rapper Young Jeezy was arrested with guns in South Beach, Florida after an alleged shooting took place.

The 28-year-old Atlanta rapper, Young Jeezy (Jay Jenkins) was arrested in South Beach, Florida and charged with two counts of carrying a concealed firearm without a permit.

Jezzy and a group of nine other men were allegedly involved in a fight earlier in the evening. Shots were fired after a bystander who was filming the incident refused to turn over his camcorder to the group.

Jezzy and his group fled the scene in two SUVs, but were stopped shortly afterwards. Police found Jezzy in control of two semiautomatic firearms, one under his seat and one near the armrest.

According to the police, Jezzy has a previous arrest for carrying a concealed weapon.

Police also arrested Kariem Raheem, the alleged shooter, Tramiel De Juan Golden, who was charged with strong armed robbery and Steven Lesly Savain, who had a bench warrant out from a previous trespassing charge.

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Snoop Dogg Mug Shot

Mugshot of Snoop Dogg
A/K/A Snoop, Snoop Doggy Dog Rapper and Producer. Snoop Dogg

Rapper and producer Calvin Broadus, also known as Snoop Dogg has a criminal record dating back to the early 1990s when he was a teenager.

Snoop Dog - Known Disturbances and Arrests:

  • 1990s - Snoop Dog was arrested for possession of cocaine. Over the next three years he spent time in and out of prison.
  • July 1993 - Snoop was stopped for a traffic violation and a firearm was found by police while conducting a search of his car. In February 1997 he plead guilty to one count of being an ex-felon in possession of a handgun and was ordered to record three public service announcements, pay a $1,000 fine, and serve three years probation.
  • August 1993 - Snoop was charged for being an accomplice to the murder of Phillip Woldermarian. In February 1996, with the help of attorney Jonnie Cochran, Snoop was found not guilty of all charges but voluntary manslaughter, on which the jury deadlocked.
  • May 1998 - Snoop Doggy Dogg was arrested for misdemeanor marijuana possession. He was fined of $100, plus a $170 penalty assessment fee and a $100 payment to the Victim's Restitution Fund, for a total cost of $370.
  • October 2001 - Snoop was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, after his tour bus was stopped and searched in Ohio. In May 2002 he pleaded no contest to the charge and was fined a total of $398.30 and a suspended 30-day jail sentence.
  • April 2003 - Snoop Doggy Dogg's bodyguard, McKinley Lee, was grazed by a bullet after unknown assailants showered Snoop Dog's car and other cars in his entourage with bullets.
  • August 2003 - Snoop was named in an affidavit claiming that he and the makers of the "Girls Gone Wild: Doggy Style" tape lured two underage girls to take their tops off for the camera by offering them marijuana and ecstasy. The suit was settled in July 2004.

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Rapper Da Brat - Mug Shot of Shawntae Harris

Shawntae Harris - Rapper Da Brat
Rapper and Reality Show Star Rapper. Mug Shot

Rapper Shawntae Harris, (aka Da Brat), 33, was arrested on November 1, 2007, at the Studio 72 club northeast of Atlanta after she reportedly hit a 24-year-old waitress with a bottle of rum causing deep cuts on her face and around the eye. Harris was charged with felony aggravated assault and was released after posting a $50,000 bond.