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Rapper jailed over child support
Beanie Sigel
Beanie Sigel was born and raised in south Philadelphia
US rapper Beanie Sigel was temporarily jailed for not keeping up his child support payments but was released after paying a total of $28,000 (16,000).

A Philadelphia Family Court judge jailed him for one hour on Thursday as he owed payments to two women.

Sigel had told the court he paid both women in cash but there were no records of this taking place.

He was released from a New Jersey prison three months ago after serving a sentence for gun and drug charges.

The rapper's lawyer, Walter McHugh, said his client, whose real name is Dwight Grant, found it difficult keeping up the payments.

Attempted murder acquittal

Mr Grant, 31, has sold more than one million records and is signed to Roc-a-Fella Records which was founded by his mentor, rap mogul Jay-Z, as well as producer Damon Dash.

He has spent much of the last year in jail, rehab or being held inside his home under house arrest.

He was also acquitted of attempted murder on in September after a jury found him not guilty of shooting a man on a crowded city street in July 2003.

It was the second time the rapper had stood trial for allegedly shooting Terrance Speller.

The first trial, held last year, ended with a deadlocked jury.


Mr Grant, who has had three albums in the US top five, was released from prison in August after serving 10 months for illegal gun possession.

He faces another trial for allegedly breaking a man's eye socket during a row in January 2003.

Mr McHugh added that prosecutors were targeting his client in the child-support case because of sour grapes over the September mistrial. Chief Assistant District Attorney Maria McLaughlin said the allegation was "insulting."

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