Bone Thugs' Bizzy Bone On Trial For Assault

Rapper faces up to six months in jail, $1,000 fine.

Prosecutors in Columbus, Ohio, were working Friday (Jan. 22) to wrap up their

case against Bone Thugs-N-Harmony singer and rapper Bizzy Bone, who is accused

of assaulting a student barber there following a September confrontation between

the two men.

Columbus First Assistant City Prosecutor Ted Barrows said the defense for the

22-year-old was scheduled to present evidence Monday inside the courtroom of

Judge Theresa Liston at Franklin County Municipal Court.

Bizzy Bone (born Bryon McCane) is charged with assault and disorderly conduct;

the former is a first-degree misdemeanor in Ohio.

McCane faces up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine if the jury finds him

guilty. The trial began with jury selection Tuesday. Witnesses were called to

testify starting Thursday.

The charges stem from a Sept. 16 incident that Barrows said was the result of a

dispute between McCane and Terrance Harden, a student barber at Hair Experts

Beauty School in Columbus. The alleged incident took place inside the school.

McCane was accompanied by two bodyguards.

"Apparently, there was a difference of opinion as to whether Mr. Harden made

derogatory comments about Mr. McCane or whether someone else made those

comments," Barrows said. "That's what led to the dispute."

McCane is accused of dragging Harden down a flight of stairs after his

bodyguards restrained Harden. Barrows said the bodyguards, whom he did not name,

will not face criminal charges.

Randy Treneff, the lawyer representing McCane in court, did not return calls

seeking comment. He was quoted in court Wednesday denying McCane hurt Harden and

asserting Harden filed the criminal complaint in an attempt to gain money from

his client.

Columbus is McCane's home town. He still lives there, according to his

publicist, Kari Cooley-Strom. Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, who are based in nearby

Cleveland, were formed when McCane was 16.

The group is known for its fast-paced reggae-tinged rhyming style. Its songs

include

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Luv" (RealAudio excerpt) and

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(RealAudio excerpt).

Bizzy Bone released his second solo album, Heaven'z Movie, in October.

The album has been certified gold after 15 weeks and this week appeared at #155

on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Bone Thugs' latest release, The

Collection -- Volume One, charted at # 86.

Cooley-Strom said the artist plans to release one or two more singles from the

album before reconvening with the group to record its next album later this

year.

McCane pleaded no contest in Columbus last year to resolve a 1995 arrest for

drunk driving, said Barrows. He received a suspended sentence of six months and

spent six days in jail.

Bizzy Bone's fellow group member Flesh-N-Bone, 24, pleaded no contest in a San

Fernando courtroom in February 1998 to charges of simple assault and possession

of explosives related to a 1997 incident. Flesh-N-Bone (born Stanley Howse)

spent 24 days in Los Angeles County Jail following the plea.