Rapper is facing 3 years in prison
Jayceon Taylor, a. k. a. Game, is accused of threatening, hitting off- duty L. A. officer.
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.
RAPPER the Game has pleaded not guilty to making criminal threats and assault and battery.