Puffy Pleads Down In Assault Case

Moving to put the incident behind him, Sean "Puffy" Combs reportedly pleaded guilty Wednesday to second-degree harassment in connection with an alleged attack on record label exec Steve Stoute.

As we first reported in April, Combs was arrested in connection with an attack on Stoute in which the exec, who also manages rapper Nas, was allegedly beaten in his office at Interscope Records (see "Sean 'Puffy' Combs Arrested In Nas Video Assault Incident").

Reuters reports that Combs, who was initially charged with second degree assault and criminal mischief, pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of second degree harassment in a New York courtroom on Wednesday. As a result of the plea, Combs was then sentenced to a one-day anger management program.

With the legal matter now behind him, Puffy can once again focus on his music career. The rapper will debut his new video, "Satisfy You," on MTV's "Making The Video" next week, and will

turn up on Thursday night's "1999 MTV Video Music Awards" broadcast as a presenter.

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