Lil Wayne Skips VMA After-Parties to Make Court Date
He may have been the one to watch (next to Britney Spears, of course) at the MTV Video Music Awards but as soon as the show was over, Lil Wayne was on a flight to New York for a court appearance. The pre-trial hearing stems from a 2007 arrest in which Wayne was hit with a gun possession charge.
His lawyer, Stacey Richman, stressed that Wayne is taking the matter seriously. "He is the utmost, consummate professional," she said. "He recognizes his entertainment obligations, his business obligations and his obligations to the court.'
Officer Diane Hornung testified during the hearing that in July 2007 she boarded Wayne's tour bus after smelling marijuana drifting from an open door. She later ordered the passengers off the bus and confiscated a bag of marijuana from a man who was trying to flush it down the toilet. Upon further investigation Hornung testified that she saw Wayne in the back of the bus trying to stuff a gun into a bag.
Wayne's lawyer argued that the charge should be dismissed due to illegal search of the bus since Hornung admitted she did not see anyone smoking marijuana. Wayne has pleaded not guilty to the gun possession charge and if convicted could face up to fours years in prison.