Eminem will not be allowed to plead down the criminal charges he faces for allegedly threatening an employee of rival rappers the Insane Clown Posse, prosecutors say.
The rapper is charged with carrying a concealed weapon, which is a felony, as well as misdemeanor charges of brandishing a firearm in public. A judge on Monday set a pretrial hearing date of April 9 and an April 23 trial date for the case.
“There will be no plea bargain. I’ve already let them know he’s got two choices: go to trial or plead guilty to the original charges,” Oakland County, Michigan, prosecutor Mark Bilkovic said Tuesday.
The charges stem from a June argument that allegedly occurred in the parking lot of a car audio shop when Eminem ran into Douglas Dail, an employee of the Insane Clown Posse’s record label. Eminem is accused of brandishing a gun while threatening Dail, who had insulted him.
Hours later, Eminem allegedly assaulted a man he saw kissing his wife, sparking separate criminal charges in Macomb County. Prosecutors in that case have offered a plea bargain that would include jail time.
Eminem (born Marshall Mathers) is ready to go trial in the ICP case, according to his lawyer, Walter Piszczatowski. “He’s handled the situation extremely well,” Piszczatowski said. “He’s really gotten his life back together — his marriage is back together, and that’s really good news for him.”
The rapper recently reconciled with his wife, Kim Mathers, after filing for divorce earlier this year.
Eminem is likely to be sentenced to probation, or at worst a few months in jail, if found guilty in the ICP case, Bilkovic said.