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Tony Yayo Assaulting Minors?

Tonya YayoTony Yayo, a rapper with hip-hop group G-Unit, rejected an offer Tuesday of nine months in jail in exchange for pleading guilty to slapping and punching a 14-year-old boy.

Yayo, 29, whose real name is Marvin Bernard, was charged in March with assault, harassment and endangering the welfare of a child for allegedly hitting the boy, James Rosemond. The alleged victim is the son of Jimmy “Henchman” Rosemond, recording executive and manager of The Game. Yayo has pleaded not guilty to the charges and is free on $5,000 bail.

A misdemeanor complaint said the youth told police Yayo hit him with his hand, “causing (his) face to strike the door of a building” at Sixth Avenue and 25th Street and causing him “to have a headache, an earache and caused substantial pain to (his) face.” [Source]

Shemar Moore Plead No Contest

Shemar MooreActor Shemar Moore was sentenced to probation and community service after pleading no contest in an alcohol-related speeding case, officials said Tuesday.

He was charged June 22 with driving under the influence and driving with a blood-alcohol level of .08 percent or above. As part of a plea deal, Moore pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor count of exhibition of speed, and the DUI charges were dropped. The actor was given 36 months’ probation and agreed to serve DUI-related conditions. He also agreed to 80 hours of community service and was given the choice of wearing an alcohol-monitoring ankle bracelet. [Source]

Magic Johnson To Receive Civil Rights Award

Magic JohnsonFormer NBA star Magic Johnson leads the list of people named Tuesday as recipients of the National Civil Rights Museum’s annual Freedom Awards.

The museum, on the site where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, will hand out the awards Oct. 23. It said it was honoring Johnson for his work since leaving the NBA on promoting economic development, improved health care and educational opportunities in low-income urban neighborhoods and other “underserved communities.” [Source]

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