Q-Tip Pleads Innocent To Assault Charges

Rapper, accused of breaking man's jaw, could face up to one year in prison, if convicted.

Former A Tribe Called Quest rapper Q-Tip pleaded innocent to assault charges Monday (April 24) in New York's Midtown Court, said Sarah Frank, spokesperson for Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau.

His next court appearance will be May 25 in Manhattan Criminal Court, according to Frank.

The 28-year-old rapper, born Jonathan Davis and now known as Kamar Fareed, is accused of breaking the jaw of aspiring rapper Kenrick Miranda during an argument at the Virgin Megastore in Times Square on March 15.

Q-Tip has been charged with two counts of third-degree assault and one count of third-degree attempted assault.

If found guilty, Q-Tip faces up to one year in prison or up to a $1,000 fine on the third-degree assault charges. On the attempted-assault charges, he faces up to 90 days in prison and a maximum $500 fine, Frank said.

Q-Tip's attorney Micheline Levine had no comment.

The rapper's first solo album, Amplified (1999), featured the single "Vivrant Thing" (RealAudio excerpt).