News Flash: Bone Thugs-N-Harmony Member Pleads No Contest To Charges

Flesh 'N' Bone, a part-time member of rap group Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, pleaded no contest to simple assault and battery and possession of an explosive in San Fernando Superior Court in Southern California on Friday, charges stemming from a pair of incidents last July.

Flesh 'N' Bone, a.k.a. Stanley Howse, 24, was arrested twice last summer, the first time on the Fourth of July in a police raid on his house that unearthed a stolen gun and explosives. Flesh was later that month arrested and charged with intimidating a witness and making a terrorist threat after an altercation with a neighbor.

"We're very pleased with the outcome and that the district attorney and judge

were able to look beyond his celebrity status. Stanley is looking forward to getting on with his life," said John K. Pierson, one of Flesh's attorneys.

Charges dropped included possession of a firearm, terrorist threats, possession of an explosive and assault with great bodily harm, according to Pierson.

Deputy District Attorney Robert Foltz did not return numerous phone calls made to his office.

Flesh received probation for three years, according to Phyllis Pollack, his publicist, who added that he's going to be doing 200 hours of community service at A Place Called Home, a youth home in South Central Los Angeles. Flesh has also been through Exodus, an alcohol rehabilitation program, she added.

"Flesh is looking forward to working on his second solo album," Pollack said, adding that he currently is working on the project.

Pierson said a civil lawsuit in the case is still pending. -- Colin Devenish [Fri., Feb. 6, 1998, 8 p.m. PST]