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Charges Against Rapper Loon Dismissed

September 9, 2004 GMT

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) _ A judge has dismissed assault charges against rapper Loon, who was arrested in February after a security guard was stabbed outside a nightclub.

Superior Court Judge Richard Stone dismissed the case against the rapper, whose real name is Chauncey Hawkins, at a preliminary hearing.

District attorney’s office spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons said neither the victim nor a witness could identify the attacker.

Hawkins, 29, was charged with assault with a deadly weapon following the incident outside the House of Blues in West Hollywood. He posted $1 million bail.

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Loon is signed on P. Diddy’s Bad Boy label and released his first album, ``Loon,″ last year.

Also dismissed Wednesday were assault charges against two acquaintances, William Reyes, 23, and Teon Tanqueray, 27.

Authorities said the 32-year-old security guard was wounded Feb. 13 after he refused to let the three men into a party for Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz.