Tony Yayo was arrested in New York on Saturday afternoon on charges of harassment and endangering the welfare of a child.
Police would not confirm the identity of the child or when the incident took place, but Cynthia Reed — who, with Game’s manager, Jimmy “Henchman” Rosemond, is the parent of a 14-year-old boy — claims that her son is the injured party.
A source close to the situation told MTV News that the boy identified Yayo (real name: Marvin Bernard) to police as his attacker on Saturday, and that the incident was sparked by the boy wearing a T-shirt bearing the logo of Czar Entertainment, Rosemond’s company; there has been a long-running conflict between Game and G-Unit since the two parties acrimoniously parted ways in 2005. The source also said that 50 Cent and other members of G-Unit were detained and questioned, but police would not comment; Reed released a statement late Saturday evening alleging 50 Cent’s involvement.
“As a mother I am concerned that my son (who is a fan of hip-hop) would be attacked by the same artist whose music he listens to,” the statement reads. “It’s a shame that 50 Cent and Tony Yayo could feel comfortable slapping and physically attacking an innocent 14-year-old minor that they market and promote their records to. This is a cowardly act on my son, who has done nothing to warrant the verbal and physical abuse he received. This issue should not be taken lightly and these men should be looked upon as a serious threat to society, having taken their relentless public rants towards their rivalries to [an extreme] level. This [incident] should be looked [upon] as a step away from child molestation. I seek justice in the form of restoring my son’s dignity and making sure any child can wear whatever they want without fear of bodily injury.”
The source told MTV News that the incident took place on Tuesday afternoon near Rosemond’s offices, which are located across the street from Violator Management, which represents 50 Cent and G-Unit.
At press time, representatives for G-Unit had not responded to MTV News’ requests for comment on the situation. Newsday reported that Yayo was released on Saturday.
The incident is the most recent in a long string of clashes in the wake of Game’s departure from the G-Unit camp in 2005 (see “50 Drops Game From G-Unit; Shots Fired At Radio Station,” “Game Ends 50 Cent Truce With Verbal Attacks At Summer Jam” and “Mixtape Monday: Young Jeezy Talks Game/Buck All-Star ‘Incident’; Rare Biggie Bangers”).
The arrest was the latest of several legal problems for Yayo. He spent all of 2003 in prison on weapons-possession charges, and was arrested just days after his release for possessing a forged passport (see “Forged Passport Sent G-Unit’s Tony Yayo Back To Prison” ). He had been arrested on New Year’s Eve 2002, along with 50 Cent (see “50 Cent Arrested For Gun Possession” ). Upon his arrest, officers realized that Yayo had an outstanding warrant for a previous weapons-possession charge, and in February 2003, he was sentenced for jumping bail.
Yayo was also reportedly involved in disturbances that preceded the murder of Israel Ramirez outside the set of a Busta Rhymes video in February 2006 (see “Tony Yayo Won’t Speak To Police About Shooting On Busta Video Set, Lawyer Says” ).
MTV News will have more on this story as it develops.
[This story was originally published at 8:16 p.m. ET on 03.24.2007]