Rap­per is fac­ing 3 years in prison

Jayceon Tay­lor, a. k. a. Game, is ac­cused of threat­en­ing, hit­ting off- duty L. A. of­fi­cer.

Los Angeles Times - - LOS ANGELES - By Veron­ica Rocha veron­ica.rocha@latimes.com Twit­ter: @ Veron­iceRochaLA

The rap­per the Game has been charged with hit­ting and threat­en­ing an off- duty Los An­ge­les po­lice of­fi­cer dur­ing a bas­ket­ball game at Hol­ly­wood High School, pros­e­cu­tors said.

The 35- year- old Comp­ton na­tive, born Jayceon Ter­rell Tay­lor, faces one felony count of mak­ing crim­i­nal threats and one mis­de­meanor count of as­sault and bat­tery in the March 29 en­counter, ac­cord­ing to the Los An­ge­les County dis­trict at­tor­ney’s of­fice.

Tay­lor pleaded not guilty in a Los An­ge­les court Mon­day. If con­victed, he faces up to three years in prison.

He and the off- duty po­lice of­fi­cer were on op­pos­ing teams dur­ing the game when the match sud­denly be­came heated.

Pros­e­cu­tors said Tay­lor was ac­cused of com­mit­ting a hard foul, then ap­proached the of­fi­cer and struck him. He later threat­ened to kill the of­fi­cer, pros­e­cu­tors said.

The charges come two weeks af­ter a Los An­ge­les County Su­pe­rior Court judge or­dered Tay­lor to pay $ 200,627 to Karen Moore, a for­mer em­ployee, for defama­tion and inf lict­ing emo­tional dis­tress.

Moore, a nanny who worked for six celebrity fam­i­lies, said in June 2013, Tay­lor pub­lished false state­ments about her on so­cial media, dam­ag­ing her rep­u­ta­tion and caus­ing her to lose work.

At the time, he urged his 1.1 mil­lion Twit­ter fol­low­ers and 1.2 mil­lion In­sta­gram fol­low­ers, “Don’t let any­more chil­dren be­come her vic­tim.”

Tay­lor’s com­ments were later re­pub­lished by 17 other web­sites, ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments.

She re­ceived death threats and was fired from a job. Moore said she was “os­tra­cized in the in­dus­try.”

She sought ther­apy for de­pres­sion, ex­pe­ri­enced mood swings and took med­i­ca­tion, ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments.

Lawrence K. Ho Los An­ge­les Times

RAP­PER the Game has pleaded not guilty to mak­ing crim­i­nal threats and as­sault and bat­tery.

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