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Kevin Gates Sentenced to 180 Days in Jail for Kicking Female Fan in the Chest

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Baton Rouge rapper Kevin Gates has been sentenced to 180 days in jail for kicking a female fan in the chest during a 2015 concert in Lakeland Florida.

The 30-year old rapper insisted he was innocent and was simply defending himself under Florida infamous “Stand Your Ground” law. He claimed the victim, Miranda Dixon, was trying to pull him off stage by repeatedly grabbing his shorts from the crowd. Gates said that Dixon wouldn’t heed his verbal warning, so he used “necessary force” to ensure he wouldn’t be harmed.

Jose Baez, who also represented Casey Anthony, defended Gates during the trial. According to Fox 13 News, the attorney echoed Gates’ claims, stating his client’s alleged kick was in response to Dixon’s battery. Baez also argued that Gates’ foot didn’t actually touch Dixon, and that she was simply attempting to gain damages in an upcoming civil trial.

“Her credibility is to be questioned and you will not be able to beyond and to the exclusion of every reasonable doubt in this case believe her and that is why you should enter a verdict of not guilty in this case,” Baez said.

The jury, made up of six white women, ultimately found Gates guilty. The state reportedly requested 60 days in jail, with one year of probation, and mandatory anger management classes; however, the judge tripled that sentence with credit for any time served, as well as fines and court costs.

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Offset – Cinco de Mayo (feat. Young Nudy)

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Last night Atlanta rapper Young Nuddy dropped his Nuddy Land mixtape and track No. 7 mistakenly featured an unreleased song from Migo’s member Offset. Originally uploaded as “Cancer Stick No Pressure”, the Farri-produced record is actually called “Cinco De Mayo,” and it features Young Nuddy. Check it out below.

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Mystikal Indicted by Grand Jury on Rape and Kidnapping Charges

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As we previously reported, New Orleans rapper Mystikal had turned himself to face charges of rape and kidnapping stemming from an assault at a Shreveport, Louisiana casino last October. The rapper, born Michael Lawrence Tyler, has now been indicted for one count of first-degree rape and second-degree kidnapping, KSLA reports.

His bond has been set at $3 million.

Two other people were also arrested in connection with the case. In August, a rep for Mystikal denied the charges to TMZ and said he would plead not guilty.

Mystikal had a No. 1 album way back in the year 2000 and managed three top 40 hits and multiple Grammy nominations in his career. However, he also has a history of these kinds of criminal charges and has already spent six years in prison in the 2000s for a sexual assault on his hair stylist. He is registered as a sex offender and has his DNA on file, which is what linked him to this latest crime.

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DMX is Reportedly Clean & Sober, Staying Another 30 Days at Rehab

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For many celebrities, rehab is only a short vacation from a hardcore lifestyle of drug use or alcohol addiction. But for veteran rapper DMX that lifestyle appears to have run its course. While speaking with TMZ, X’s lawyer Murray Richman said the rapper has cleaned up so much that he’s “back to being human again.”

X has reportedly gained 40 lbs, which is a good thing considering he had been nothing but skin and bones before starting treatment late August in New England, Murray said. His rehab stint is nearly complete, but Murray wants him to stay an additional 30 days since he’s responding so well.

DMX entered rehab after his house arrest for tax evasion proved to be less than ideal. Murray says they’ll tackle the court case once DMX has successfully finished treatment. He’s also not ruling out a tour in the future.

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