Jay-Z Pleads Not Guilty To Assault Charge

On Tuesday, Jay-Z was in a Manhattan courtroom where the rapper pleaded not guilty to assault charges stemming from the stabbing of a music executive in a New York nightclub late last year.

Jay-Z (real name Shawn Carter) was formally arraigned in Manhattan Criminal Court on Tuesday after being indicted by a grand jury last month on one count of first degree assault and one count of second degree assault for allegedly stabbing hip-hop impresario Lance "Un" Rivera on December 1.

Authorities maintain that Jay-Z stabbed Rivera twice during an altercation at New York's Kit Kat Club at a party celebrating the release of Q-Tip's new album (see "Jay-Z Turns Himself In To Police For Questioning, Denies Involvement In Stabbing").

The rapper and his legal team have maintained Jay-Z's innocence since the incident and officially pleaded not guilty during Tuesday's arraignment. Jay-Z remains free on bail, and his lawyers face their

next court date in the matter on March 29.