WARREN, Mich. — Rapper
COLOR="#003163">Eminem could face
additional charges Thursday, less than 24 hours after his
arraignment on assault and illegal handgun possession
Detectives in Royal Oak, Mich., will meet Thursday with
Oakland County prosecutors regarding another alleged
incident involving the rapper and a handgun.
Witnesses said the rapper got into an argument with
another man before revealing the handgun and taking it out
in a car-audio shop.
"He never pointed it at anybody. He walked toward this
other person with the gun out," Royal Oak Police Lt. Michael
Struble said. "We're presenting the case to the prosecutor
in the morning. It's up to the prosecutor as to what charges
will be filed."
The incident at Mickey Schorr car audio in Royal Oak
occurred at 5:45 p.m. Saturday, about nine hours before
Eminem went to spy on his wife at a bar in Warren, officials
(Click here to read an earlier story about the rapper's
Three Lawyers, Two Felony Charges
Accompanied by a friend, Eminem saw his wife kissing
another man at about 2:20 a.m. Sunday at Hot Rocks
Café and said, "I'm going to kill you! I'm going to kill
you!" according to Macomb County Prosecutor Carl
Eminem is accused of clubbing the victim in the head with
his unloaded gun before another man wrestled the
handgun away from the rapper. When police arrived,
another man was in possession of the 9 mm Smith &
Wesson, but the rapper admitted to officers that the gun
was his, according to Marlinga.
Accompanied by three lawyers and two bodyguards,
Eminem surrendered to two felony charges Wednesday
(June 7). After being photographed and fingerprinted by
police for the second time since his arrest, he appeared
nervous upon entering a small, crowded courtroom with
news cameras focused on him. About 60 onlookers
watched as he was arraigned.
Handcuffed but neatly clad in a black blazer, navy blue shirt
and gray tie, Eminem (born Marshall Mathers) let his attorney speak on his behalf.
Eminem stood mute to one count of carrying a concealed
weapon — a five-year felony — and one count of
assault with a dangerous weapon, a four-year offense.
Judge Susan Chrzanowski of the 37th District Court set
bond at $100,000 cash, of which Eminem was required to
pay 10 percent to be released. The judge also ordered the
nation's hottest rap artist to turn in any other guns or
knives he may have at his upscale, 4,384-square-foot
home in Sterling Heights, a suburb northeast of Detroit.
Eminem agreed to waive his right to a preliminary hearing
within 14 days. That hearing will be held July 11 to
determine if enough evidence exists for him to stand trial
on the two charges.
"You have to at least give him credit for not putting bullets
in the gun," Marlinga said. Based on Eminem's previously
unblemished criminal record, sentencing guidelines could
land him behind bars from 11 to 17 months if he is
convicted, the prosecutor said.
Eminem's wife, Kimberly Mathers, did not attend her
husband's arraignment. She was charged Monday with
disturbing the police, stemming from her arrest in the
skirmish outside the bar. She is free on $300 bond and
could be sentenced to up to 90 days in jail.
Fans Show Support
More than 50 fans waited outside Warren Police
headquarters amid beefed-up police presence to catch a
glimpse of the Grammy Award winner.
"I didn't wake up today thinking I'd see Slim Shady," an
excited Carol Glass, 19, said shortly after seeing Eminem in
Fans were divided on how he handled the incident outside
Hot Rocks Café.
"He could have handled it better," Glass said.
But Cassie Motes, 17, of Sterling Heights disagreed.
"Anybody in their right mind would have done the same
thing," she said. "He knew [the gun] was not loaded when
he pulled it out."
Warren native Annette Carter, 28, said, "I think
[prosecutors] are on him hard because he's somebody big
from this town."
The Shows Will Go On
For now, Eminem fans with tickets for any of his concerts on
an upcoming two-month tour with fellow rappers
COLOR="#003163">Dr. Dre and
COLOR="#003163">Snoop Dogg don't have to
worry. The judge allowed Eminem to leave Clinton Township, Mich., but he
must provide a tour itinerary to prosecutors and police, and
notify them where he's staying while out of the state.
Paul F. Zyburski, a 39-year-old lawyer from Clinton
township, recalled how his parents didn't like some of the
bands he listened to growing up, such as
COLOR="#003163">Black Sabbath and
(born Vincent Furnier). (Cooper, like Eminem, has roots in
So Zyburski brought his 12-year-old son, Paul, to court.
"I took my kid out of school so he could learn freedom of
speech," the father said.
Zyburski, whose favorite musical entertainer is
COLOR="#003163">Wayne Newton, admitted
he doesn't agree with all of the controversial rapper's lyrics
but added, "It's just music."
"Elvis used to
be a problem in the '50s, too," he said.
Fans apparently will get a chance to see if Eminem can
carry his success from the stage to the silver screen. He
recently signed a contract with Image Entertainment to star
in a film based on his life.
That script could change Thursday if Oakland County
prosecutors authorize a warrant.
(This story was updated at 11:30 p.m. EDT Wednesday, June 7, 2000.)