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Thursday, 26 October, 2000, 10:01 GMT 11:01 UK
Court verdict for Eminem's wife
Eminem
Eminem: His songs have offended some women
Eminem's wife Kim Mathers has pleaded guilty to a charge of disorderly conduct.

The 25-year-old was arrested in June for obstructing police officers as they were attempting to arrest her husband for allegedly using an unloaded gun to hit a man.

Eminem, who is estranged from his wife, is being prosecuted for the alleged assault which was sparked after he saw the man kissing Mathers.

The singer, who is mired in legal action with family members, is also facing a possible ban from performing in Ontario, Canada, after a woman complained about his lyrics.

In one of his songs, Kim, Eminem details the fictional killing of his wife.

Defamation

Mathers sued for defamation over the song and recently reached a settlement for her $10m (6.8m) legal action.

At a court hearing on Tuesday in Warren, Michegan, Mathers was given 11 months of probation, fined $50 and ordered not to drink alcohol.

Eminem has been charged with assault and carrying a concealed weapon. The case in still pending.

Meanwhile, officials in Ontario, Canada, are trying to stop rapper Eminem from performing at a concert on Thursday night.

It follows a complaint that the musician's lyrics promote violence against women.


I don't think it's cool to say you're going to shoot your girlfriend and throw her in the trunk

Provincial government membe

Attorney-General Jim Flaherty said that provincial lawyers are examining ways to keep the US star out of the Canadian province.

One politician has called for the rapper to be turned back at the border.

Eminem, real name Marshall Mathers, is due to perform at Toronto's Skydome arena along with rock band Limp Bizkit.

The issue was taken up at the attorney-general's office after a Canadian woman filed a complaint with Toronto police's hate crimes unit.

'Gender insult'

Valerie Smith cited lyrics from the song Kill You, which she claimed violated Canada's hate crime laws.

"His lyrics seem to be a little bit over the line," Smith said.

"If you replace the gender insult with racial insults, you get hate propaganda."

Michael Bryant, a Liberal member of the provincial government, has called for the MTV and Grammy-award winning musician to be turned back at the border.

"In Canada, we have laws that say expression which causes harm may not be protected under our constitution and may result in criminal sanction," he said.

He added: "I have never seen lyrics in this league... I don't think it's cool to say you're going to shoot your girlfriend and throw her in the trunk."

It is considered unlikely the government can stop Eminem from performing at the 60,000-seat indoor stadium because hate crime legislation in Canada does not include violence against women.

Mr Bryant said he wanted "to make sure that the federal government is looking into the status of this person entering Canada with the possibility that this person would come here and advocate violence against women."

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