Bone Thugs-N-Harmony member Flesh N' Bone (Stanley Howse) ended his outlaw
existence earlier this week by turning himself into police. The rapper, part of
the multi-platinum Cleveland crew, had been living very publicly as a fugitive
since failing to complete the terms of his probation from a series of incidents
dating back to 1993.
Attorney John K. Pierson, who recently took over as
both Howse's attorney and manager, told ATN the troubled rapper gave himself up
to serve a five-month term, which he began last month in the Los Angeles Men's
Central Jail after turning himself in on January 15. "Basically, the warrant
was related to seven different charges dating back to 1993," Pierson said.
"That included assault and battery and general anti-social behavior within the
group, which stemmed from fights in the recording studio between the members
Pierson said that much of the in-fighting and tension at the
time, particularly between Flesh and band mate Layzie Bone, revolved around the
question of whether or not Flesh was a member of the group. While most of the
charges were pleaded out with a no contest plea, Howse failed to complete terms
of his probation for all seven arrests, including counseling and fines which
resulted in a warrant being issued. "Since January of 1995, Stanley has had no
more brushes with the law," said Pierson. "But I implored him to deal with this
now, otherwise, had he been picked up on this, he might have faced two years or
A statement from the publicity office that handles Bone read: "Flesh
had been considered a fugitive from the law for more than three years, but
after careful consideration he realized that he had to take responsibility for
his actions, and voluntarily turned himself in."
The statement also
explained that "Inner turmoil combined with the stellar success of the first
two Bone records proved to be more than the rapper could stand. His actions
stem partially from the dichotomy between the world he grew up in and the world
he is now experiencing."
The rapper, who released his first solo album
this year, Trues Humbly United Gatherin' Souls on the groups own Mo'
Thugs imprint, also reportedly faced the music for the benefit of his
two-month-old daughter, Heaven. Pierson said the second single from Flesh's
solo album, "The Bone In Me," will be released to coincide with his completion
of the jail term and that a new Bone Thugs-N-Harmony album will be out by late
fall of this year, followed by a tour.