[artist id="1796387"]Jim Jones[/artist] pleaded guilty in a New York courtroom on Monday (October 5) to a misdemeanor assault charge stemming from an incident last December involving a member of Ne-Yo’s entourage, according to The Associated Press.
According to police, Jones allegedly kicked and punched someone traveling with the R&B star. Police did not release the man’s name at the time, but it was widely believed to be someone (now identified as Jayvon Smith) who was related to an associate of Jay-Z’s (Tyran “Ty Ty” Smith). The two rappers have long been at odds.
The scuffle occurred in front of the Louis Vuitton store on Fifth Avenue in New York, though according to the AP, Jones’ attorney denied that his client initiated the December 22 fight.
“I don’t know what this is for,” Jones told MTV News weeks after the incident. “All I know is I was shopping. I don’t know what happened.”
The rapper’s lawyer, Scott Leemon, said Jones pleaded guilty to avoid probation or potential touring restrictions if convicted in a trial.
Instead, Jones was sentenced to time served. The time served will coincide with the amount of time he was held in custody in January after he turned himself in to police regarding the matter. Since the fight, Jones has avoided being entangled in any instances of breaking the law.
After he turned himself in to police, Jones said in order to continue his success he would have to reevaluate some of his decisions.
“Being a gangsta rapper or a ‘hardcore’ rapper, you find yourself stuck between a rock and a hard place,” he told MTV News. “It’s a thin line, because there’s things I’ve done in my career to get where I am today, and I’ve benefited off it. For me to make a transition and take my career to the next level, there’s some things I can’t obviously do anymore. What I mean by that is, you play the tough guy and put yourself into those positions, and things can happen. You end up like this, [with] a big inconvenience.”