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8/20/2006 11:49 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Busta's been busted.

Rapper Busta Rhymes was arrested on assault charges last night after a concert on New York City's Randalls Island. The 34-year-old artist, whose real name is Trevor Smith, was being investigated by police for allegedly assaulting a concertgoer who may have spat on Busta's car after his performance at a music festival in New York last week.



Details of the alleged spitting incident and the alleged assault that followed were not immediately available, though a police officer cited by the Associated Press said that they took place about six days ago. The arrest may also have given police the opportunity to interview Rhymes about the February shooting death of his bodyguard, Israel Ramirez, 29, during a video shoot in Brooklyn. No arrest has been made in the case, and the rapper is not considered a suspect, though New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly has publicly criticized Rhymes for not cooperating with the investigation. Reps for the rapper did not immediately comment.

"Scrubs" Star McGinley Engaged

Don't worry, ladies-Zach Braff is still available. But John C. McGinley, who plays Dr. Perry Cox on "Scrubs," is not. He told People.com that he popped the question to his girlfriend of two and a half years, yoga instructor Nicole Kessler, yesterday morning at their home in Malibu. The pair met on the beach when McGinley's son Max approached Nicole while McGinley was busy playing with his dogs. When McGinley noticed who Max was talking to, he said he quickly decided to make his son play with the dogs so he could talk to the "hot blonde." (Smart dad.) No wedding date has been set.

Where's Junebug?

Certain stars won't go anywhere without their four-legged friends. But there's one furry creature who won't be making the rounds anymore. Junebug was the teacup Yorkie who had made the rounds with celebs at various awards shows-she smooched Paris Hilton, appeared on CNN, the TV Guide Channel and E!, and was scheduled for an appearance with Joan and Melissa Rivers at the Emmys. But the 1-year-old puppy died during a routine spay procedure recently, the Los Angeles Times reports, and her owner, who owns a line of canine couture that's all the rage in Hollywood, was devastated. Fortunately, she's found a new Yorkie to snuggle up to Paris and co.-a too-cute-for-words Yorkie named Coco. She'll reportedly be making the rounds at all the most fashionable Emmy parties. Keep an eye (and a treat) out for her.

Snakes Slithers to the Top

The blogosphere-hyped "Snakes on a Plane" managed to nab first place in Friday's grosses, with an estimated $6.1 million in ticket sales. That may not seem like a lot, but it was enough to best the second-place finisher, Will Ferrell's "Talladega Nights." In third place was the comedy "Accepted," about a teenager who gets rejected from every college he applies to and decides to start his own, and the dance movie "Step Up" took fourth. It looks like the Duff sisters might not want to quit their day jobs-their "Material Girls" only managed a paltry $1.6 million after Friday's grosses were tallied, putting them in seventh place.

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Sarina Sweezer    

I would have have beat his ass too!
They was waiting of a chance to question you about that shooting
I gotta say you gave it to them!

2985 days ago
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anon    

shocking!

2985 days ago
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tdubbs    

he hates gay people, off with his head

2985 days ago
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Anonymous    

When did he get so fat?

2985 days ago
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Agata    

id mess somebody up too if they hoarked on my wheelz

2985 days ago
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Greg    

Busta backs it up. Step up and spit on his ride, you deserve to get bitch slapped.

I don't understand what the big deal about is? I would do the same thing.

They just needed a reason to bring down the flipmode squad.

Doesn't he have the right to free speech?

Yo Tdubbs, you are talking the same BS as you are putting him down for.

You are just to much of a p*ssy to speak how you feel and then be able to back it up...

Big Geezie

2985 days ago
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sean    

busta is bursting outta his clothes! is he retaining water?!

2985 days ago
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shan    

i gotta say too...don't spit at me...you will be assaulted.
also, are the authorities saying that he's not cooperating by refusing to talk? or is he saying he doesn't know who shot the guy? cuz if he doesn't know...he doesn't know.
busta looks like he's been doing a lot of weight training. i prefer him slimmer.

2985 days ago
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josie    

wow, that's a really fat picture of busta,....he's about to busta out of his shirt! lmao

2985 days ago
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get a life people    

wow not from a rapper shocking.........

2985 days ago
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ECJ    

This is all just an excuse by police to get him behind closed doors so he can talk about the shooting of his bodyguards. I wouldn't be surprised if cops placed the guy there to instigate something.

But I will tell you this.... I don't care who it is... you spit on my car... you're gonna get a serious ass whooppin'.

2984 days ago
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billy    

the spitter was probably placed there to do exactly what he did, disrespect busta so he can come after him and then they can place him under arrest and have a lot of fun with him down at the precinct.................its the CONSPIRACY all over again, you can be a ( white )record producer and rape, shoot someone in the face and get away with it, someone a ( bodyguard ) gets shot during a rap video shoot and they have to bring down the person he was there to protect..................its called modern day slavery.............we are all very aware of this

2984 days ago
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bogart4017    

Much ado about nothing. Any one of us would have administered a critical beatdown for that disrespectful shit. A night in jail, post your bail, whatever. Wipe the dirt off your shoulders and keep it moving Bussa Bus!

2984 days ago
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Rick    

JUST ANOTHER STUPID RAPPER SHOWING HIS STUPID SIDE SEND THE FAT PIG TO JAIL I SAY....TEACH THESE RAPPERS THAT THEY ARE NOT AS BAD AS THEY THINK THEY ARE.....BUSTA STUOID IDIOT....

2984 days ago
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sean    

hey it coulda been worse. the guy coulda taken a steaming dump on the hood of butta's car...

2984 days ago
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