Bone Thugs-N-Harmony Member Faces The Music

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

and others."

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

more."

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.