Joseph “JoJo” Simmons Jr., 19, son of Run-DMC legend and “Run’s House” star Rev Run, pleaded guilty to a single charge of disorderly conduct on Thursday in connection with a drug-related arrest in May .
According to police, Simmons was caught by officers rolling a marijuana joint on May 8 while sitting inside his BMW on New York’s Upper West Side. Police said he attempted to flee in the car, nearly backing into an NYPD cruiser in the process, which led to charges of resisting arrest as well as drug possession, reckless endangerment and criminal use of drug paraphernalia.
But after seeing most of the serious charges tossed out one day after his arrest, Simmons cut a plea deal with prosecutors on Thursday and was sentenced to serve one day of community service for disorderly conduct, a violation, according to a spokesperson for the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.
The Reverend addressed the arrest on the June 22 episode of “Run’s House,” in which both the former Run-DMC star and brother Russell Simmons offered JoJo some counsel. “I’m not putting too much weight on him. I don’t know what he thought,” the Rev stated on the show. “I’m a reverend. … I want him not to [smoke marijuana]. I wouldn’t like him to smoke it ever again. I’m a reverend; I can’t live off that.”
Russell Simmons also teasingly reminded the Rev of his own smoke-clouded wild past, and the episode showed JoJo meeting with his lawyer, who explained that he now had a rap sheet that could be used against him in the future. After being confronted by sisters Vanessa and Angela, JoJo apologized to his family for setting a bad example for his younger brothers, Russ and Diggy.
A spokesperson for Run said he had no comment on the plea and stood by a previous statement issued to MTV News at the time of the arrest, in which he said, “I didn’t always have this collar around my neck. I come from a rap, rock and roll background. JoJo is all right. It’s working itself out. We’re pulling together as a family going forward. You live and learn.”