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Thursday, 15 February, 2001, 11:55 GMT
Eminem admits carrying weapon
Eminem
Eminem: Faces up to five years in prison
Rap star Eminem has pleaded guilty to carrying a concealed weapon in a bid to avoid a possible prison sentence in the US.

The charge stems from an incident outside a Detroit nightclub in June last year after Eminem - real name Marshall Mathers III - saw a man kissing his wife Kimberly.

As part of a plea deal prosecutors dropped an assault charge against the singer. The 28-year-old will be sentenced on 10 April.

A spokesman for the performer said he would be seeking probation, although he could still face imprisonment. Sentencing will be left to the judge.

Dennis Dennehey said: "Marshall is looking forward to putting this matter behind him."

The assistant prosecutor for Macomb County, Michigan, said he was satisfied with the plea.

'Reasonable offer'

"We thought it was a reasonable offer and apparently he did too. So this should resolve the matter," David Portuesi said.

However, Eminem still faces separate charges of carrying a concealed weapon and brandishing a firearm in public.

The charges stem from an incident in neighbouring Oakland County involving an associate of rival rap act Insane Clown Posse. Eminem's spokesman had no comment on those charges.

Eminem, who toured in the UK last week, has come under fire for his lyrics, which critics say are violent, sexist and homophobic.

Police in Manchester seized video tapes of his performance and are interviewing fans after allegations he took drugs on stage and encouraged others to do the same.

He has been nominated for four awards at the Grammys, the US music industry's most prestigious awards ceremony.

Gay and women's groups are planning to protest outside the event, which takes place in Los Angeles on Wednesday.

Eminem is due to perform with Sir Elton John at the show.

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