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Lil Wayne jail sentence postponed due to dental work

Lil Wayne
Lil Wayne recently performed at the Grammys

Rapper Lil Wayne's sentencing for possessing a gun has been postponed to allow him to have dental surgery.

The star - real name Dwayne Carter - was unable to undergo the work beforehand as his dentist had been out of the country, his lawyer said.

He is scheduled to return to the New York State Supreme Court on 2 March.

In December, he pleaded guilty to charges arising from a 2007 arrest when a gun was found on his tour bus after a concert in Manhattan.

Top-selling album

The rapper did not say anything in court.

Manhattan assistant district attorney Joan Illuzzi-Orbon did not argue about the delay in sentencing saying she had spoken with the dentist.

The sentencing comes at the peak of the rapper's career.

Following his performance at the Grammy Awards on 31 January, his latest album, Rebirth, was released and became the top-selling album on download service iTunes in the US last week.

The star recently told Rolling Stone magazine he considered jail "an experience that I need to have if God's putting me through it".

The rapper posted an online video hours before his court appearance asking fans not to forget about him.

Meanwhile, Mr Carter is also due in court at the end of March on separate felony drug possession and weapons charges in Arizona.

That case stems from an arrest in 2008 when authorities said they found cocaine, ecstasy and a handgun on his tour bus.



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