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Rhymes fined $100k over 'assault'
Busta Rhymes
Rhymes takes his name from an American Football player
Rapper Busta Rhymes has been ordered to pay $100,000 (52,000) to a fan who claimed the star beat him up.

Melvin Smith said the 34-year-old rapper - real name Trevor Smith - and bodyguard Troy Green attacked him in New York in 2005.

A judge has decided the pair are both civilly liable for the incident, which resulted in Mr Smith having four stitches to a wound below his eye.

Rhymes' lawyer, Scott Leemon, has declined to comment on the matter.

Green was charged criminally over the incident but Rhymes was not.

The rapper's hits include Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See, Dangerous and Touch It. He has also appeared in films including 2000's Shaft and Finding Forrester.

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