ODB Facing Busy Day In Court On Monday

Rapper to be re-arraigned in terrorist-threat cases in two Southern California courts.

LOS ANGELES -- Ol' Dirty Bastard is scheduled to appear in two Southern

California courtrooms Monday to be arraigned on charges of threatening to kill an

ex-girlfriend in one incident and security guards at the House of Blues in another.

The 29-year-old Wu-Tang Clan rapper, known to the courts as Russell Tyrone Jones, is

facing a terrorist-threat charge in superior court in Compton for allegedly threatening his

former girlfriend, who is also the mother of his year-old child. In Santa Monica Superior

Court he faces similar charges for the House of Blues incident.

"He's going to be all over the place" Monday, said Nicole Flood, the district attorney

handling the Compton case. "What will probably happen is that [ODB and his lawyer] will

go to one courthouse in the morning, and then call the other court from there to say

they'll be there once they're finished."

Both cases were moved from municipal to superior courts in December, following

decisions by a judge in each case that there was enough evidence to hold ODB to the

charges. Flood earlier sought to merge the two cases, but her request was rejected.

The notorious rapper, who has had a series of run-ins with the law in 1998, pleaded

innocent in the lower courts in both cases. He will be re-arraigned at Monday's hearings.

"He will be officially advised of those charges," Flood said. "He will most likely plead not

guilty, and the judge will set a pre-trial date and jury-trial date."

ODB's lawyer, Kevin Barnes, could not be reached for comment Wednesday (Dec. 30).

The Compton case stems from ODB's arrest Nov. 5 outside the building where his

ex-girlfriend works. Police who responded to a call from the woman said the rapper was

attempting to scale the security wall there. He's charged with one felony count of making

terrorist threats in that case, and he faces a maximum of three years in jail if convicted.

The other case involves a Sept. 17 incident at the House of Blues in West Hollywood,

Calif. ODB is accused of threatening to kill the club's security guards after he was ejected

from the club. He faces three felony counts of making terrorist threats; the maximum

sentence, if convicted on all three counts, is four years and four months in jail.

Meanwhile, ODB remains a wanted man in Virginia for failing to appear in court after his

arrest on charges that he shoplifted a $50 pair of tennis shoes July 4. Three warrants for

his arrest are pending in that case.

The nine-member Wu-Tang Clan are considered one of the most revolutionary rap outfits

of the '90s, producing such hits as "C.R.E.A.M." (RealAudio excerpt).

In 1995, ODB released his solo debut, Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty

Version, which included such hits as "Brooklyn Zoo" and "Shimmy Shimmy Ya." He is

working on his second solo album.