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Rapper Tupac Shakur Pleads Guilty to Misdemeanor

September 16, 1994 GMT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) _ Tupac Shakur pleaded guilty Thursday to a misdemeanor assault charge for trying to hit a fellow rapper with a baseball bat at a concert.

He had been charged with felonious assault, but the charge was reduced.

The incident in April 1993 at Michigan State University triggered a near- riot.

Ingham County Prosecutor Donald Martin said Shakur threw a microphone that belonged to another rapper on the stage, triggering a fight. Shakur’s attorney, Hugh Barrington Clarke Jr., said the other rapper had been repeatedly calling Shakur names.


Shakur pleaded guilty in Ingham County Circuit Court and was scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 26. He faces up to 90 days in jail and a $100 fine.

Shakur, who starred in the movies ″Poetic Justice″ and ″Juice,″ also faces criminal charges in New York and Atlanta.

He was arrested in New York after a woman told police he held her down while his friend sodomized her. He faces misdemeanor battery charges in Atlanta.