Wu-Tang Clan rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard -- our Newsmaker of the Year for 1998 -- will be getting a jump on retaining that title in 1999 by launching the new year with not one, but two California court appearances on January 4.
ODB is scheduled to be arraigned in two separate courts to face felony charges of terrorist threats stemming from two different incidents last fall. The rapper will be in Santa Monica Superior Court in connection with a September run-in with security staff at West Hollywood's House of Blues, where ODB allegedly threatened to shoot the bouncer after being ejected from the club (see "Ol' Dirty Bastard Out On Bail After Hollywood Club Arrest").
The Wu-Tanger will then travel to Compton Superior Court to answer charges that in early November he threatened to kill his ex-girlfriend, the mother of ODB's one-year-old child (see "Ol' Dirty Bastard Arrested On Threat Charges
Again"). Both cases were moved from Municipal Court to Superior Court during earlier hearings, as the DA determined there was enough evidence to merit felony charges.
MTV News spoke to the Santa Monica district attorney who originally filed charges against ODB in the House of Blues case, and if found guilty on that charge alone, the rapper could face a maximum sentence of more than four years in prison.