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Busta Busted for Alleged Beatdown!

1/4/2007 12:37 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Busta Rhymes: Click to watchBusta Rhymes turned himself over to the NYPD last night after a man accused the rap star of beating him up.

The unidentified man claims that in a dispute over money, Rhymes, whose real name is Trevor Smith, punched and kicked him numerous times outside a lower Manhattan building on December 26.

Prosecutors have now charged Busta with two counts of assault in the third degree, one count of attempted assault in the third degree, and harassment in the second degree. The judge set his bail at $3500 this morning and ordered him to stay away from the alleged victim. He is due back in court on February 20.

Court documents say Busta repeatedly hit the victim on the face and neck with a closed fist, and knocked him to the ground. While he was on the ground, Busta then repeatedly kicked the victim in the ribs and torso, causing him to suffer "lacerations to face and neck, contusions and substantial pain."

And this isn't the Busta's first run-in with the law -- last August he was charged with assault, and in November, cops ticketed him in Manhattan for driving while talking on a cell phone.

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Brandon    

I always thought Busta was the nice rapper. When did he get all gansta?

2668 days ago
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p1tey1    

Sounds like Busta needs anger management counseling, like his friend Eminem.

2668 days ago
3.

John Galt for President 2012    

All Rappers should be SHOT, out of a circus CANNON and be forced to sell POT holders, made out of HEMP.

2668 days ago
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John Galt for President 2012    

Next on Celebrity Boxing - Flavor FLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAV! vs. BUSTED Rhymes - live from Cell Block A - Rikers Island.

2668 days ago
5.

sam    

Hehehe "Trevor Smith"?? Sorry but that's funny.

2668 days ago
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CharlotteBigWig    

What? A rapper got in trouble with the law? You NEVER hear of anything like that happening. You can take the rapper out of the ghetto, but you can't take the ghetto out of the rapper.

2668 days ago
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actionnews9!    

Did he eat the guy, too?!

2668 days ago
8.

Rocknstv    

Big surprise! Rappers, NBA, NFL, MLB. They all keep proving you can put pearls on a pig, BUT ITS STILL A PIG!

2668 days ago
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no pervs allowed    

No way,,, a rapper being busted for extorting drug money, say it ain't so P. Duddy,,, I would have never thought that rappers were thugs and gang members,,, why does the white man have to bring these bruthers down like that,,, they all deserve to kill themselves off, without us stopping them, because Darwin said the weak will do so,,, I understand it doesn't happen fast enough for some of us, but that doesan't mean we have to frame the these law abiding (HAHAHAHA) citizens for these alleged hate crimes on their own peeps. Sorry, but you never hear of any metalheads killing each other off. Take a hint, this is your brain on rap-- any more question?

2668 days ago
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actionnews9!    

Easy there, Michael Richards.

2668 days ago
11.

Some dude    

okay seriously here, Busta....

This dude owed you money?
You have tons and tons of money.

You beat this dude down because he owed you money?
How much money could he have owed you?

Because now, smartypants; this guys gonna be rollin all up in yo whips...dog

2668 days ago
12.

Adrienne    

I have three words for him .... Celebrity Fit Club.

2668 days ago
13.

Sillyme    

Cheating a man out of his pay and beating him for asking is so crude and lowdown trashy. Buster lost all his esteem and credits now.

2667 days ago
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NubianGoddez    

what an ass. you can take them out of the ghetto but you can't take the ghetto out of them. what a loser.

2667 days ago
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JJ NYC    

What else is new? He beats down a guy for asking for payment for work that he did for him? Busta that's just grimy, foul and lowdown. And by the way Busta you don't look like you miss any meals lately. A proud moment for the community and you're fans.

2667 days ago
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