Juvenile Pleads Not Guilty In Champagne Bottle Battery

Rapper charged with two types of battery, two counts of disorderly conduct, resisting arrest.

Juvenile has pleaded not guilty to multiple charges stemming from an incident in March in which he allegedly knocked a man out with a bottle of champagne, his attorney said.

The Cash Money MC, 26, recently filed a written plea in Dade County (Florida) Court instead of appearing in person for an arraignment.

Juvenile is charged with aggravated battery with a bottle, battery on a police officer, two counts of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest without violence.

On March 28 the rapper (born Terius Gray) allegedly got into an argument with Jackson Saintagne, 28, at the Streets of Mayfair shopping mall in Coconut Grove, Florida, and hit him in the head with a bottle of Moët, police said. The victim was treated at a hospital and released.

In addition, Juvenile allegedly grabbed a Miami police sergeant, yelling, "Take me to jail, take my motherf---in' ass to jail." Police say other officers had to pull the rapper off the sergeant.

After entering his not guilty plea, Juvenile released a statement saying: "Juvenile is a young, hardworking, extremely talented and gifted artist who is beginning to enjoy the fruits of his hard work and talent. Juvenile regrets any incident that may have occurred on March 28, 2001. It is unfortunate that some people seek to cash in on celebrities in the hopes of gaining fame, fortune and notoriety. Because of the status that he enjoys, Juvenile is extremely vulnerable to this type of incident. ... Juvenile and his attorneys are confident that his innocence will be conclusively established in a court of law and he will be vindicated by a jury of Miami-Dade County citizens."

Juvenile's next court date is June 8.