Jim Jones Pleads Guilty to Assaulting Ne-Yo’s Manager
On Monday, Harlem rapper Jim Jones pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge stemming from an incident that took place in a New York City Louis Vuitton store last December. El Capo was accused of assaulting Ne-Yo‘s manager, Jayvon Smith (who is also Jay-Z‘s cousin) after the two bumped heads inside of the 5th avenue store.
Although Jones initially denied involvement in the incident, he eventually turned himself in to the police back in January and spent a few hours behind bars. Yesterday, he appeared in court and entered his guilty plea in an effort to avoid probation, which would interfere with his touring schedule. Jones was sentenced to time served and as he left the court he said that he had “just been working on the music and trying to steer clear of any trouble.”
Jones’ Lawyer, Scott Leemon, would not comment on what initiated the conflict between the two camps, but told Los Angeles’ Power 106 radio station earlier this year that Jones and Smith have had issues in the past. Jones must still face a civil suit that Smith filed against him following the confrontation.
After releasing his last album ‘Pray IV Reign,’ in March, Jim Jones recently starred in “Hip-Hop Monologues: Inside the Life and Mind of Jim Jones,” an off-Broadway play based on his life.