Q-Tip Clear Of Criminal Charges After Guilty Plea

Q-Tip is in the clear, for now.

On Monday, the former A Tribe Called Quest frontman pled guilty to a charge of assault in the third degree on Monday in Midtown Court in New York City and was sentenced to an unconditional discharge.

According to Barbara Thompson, a spokesperson for the Manhattan District Attorney's Office, the sentence means that Q-Tip, who was charged under his Muslim name of Kamaal Fareed, was released without any specific terms or conditions of his conviction, i.e , probation or counseling.

Q-Tip was ordered to pay $120 to cover the court's costs and fees in the case, which stems from an incident in which the rapper attacked Kenrick Miranda during a dispute at the Virgin Megastore in Times Square in March (see "UPDATE: Q-Tip To Appear In Court On Possible Assault Charge").

Though Monday's legal proceedings effectively bring an end to the criminal complaint against Q-Tip, he will likely

have to fend off a pending civil suit from Miranda as well.

Shortly after the record store altercation took place, Miranda told the "New York Post" that he was planning to sue the rapper to cover his medical expenses, claiming that he had spent more than $10,000 to treat a broken jaw.