Q-Tip Pleads Not Guilty To Assault Charges

Rapper Q-Tip was arraigned on Monday in New York's Midtown Community Court after entering a plea of not guilty to two counts of assault in the third degree and one count of attempted assault.

The former leader of A Tribe Called Quest stands accused of punching aspiring artist Kenrick Miranda while in the Virgin Megastore in Times Square back in mid-March.

The incident allegedly left Miranda with a broken jaw which required surgery at St. Claire's Hospital and was also wired shut.

Q-Tip, real name Jonathan Davis, turned himself in to Manhattan's Midtown North precinct in late March in connection with an incident that allegedly grew out of an argument in which Miranda claimed that Q-Tip prevented him from passing out demo tapes in front of the Hit Factory recording studio last summer (see "Q-Tip To Appear In Court On Possible Assault Charge").

Miranda has also told the press that he plans to lodge a

civil suit against the rapper, claiming that he has racked up $10,000 in medical expenses from the alleged assault.

Q-Tip's next court date will be held on May 25 in Manhattan Criminal Court.