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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.

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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.