Monday, October 23, 2006

Judge Warns Foxy Brown Not to Miss Sentencing

Foxy Brown will be arrested and thrown in jail if the 27-year-old rapper misses her sentencing on assault charges, a judge said Monday. Brown, whose real name is Inga Marchand, failed to appear in Criminal Court on Monday. Her attorney, Frank Rothman, said Brown was recovering at home from a dental procedure.

"I don't take this kindly," said Judge Melissa C. Jackson. "I don't believe she is incapable of being here."

Jackson rejected a motion by Brown to withdraw her guilty plea and said the sentencing would be held Tuesday. The judge said that if Brown failed to show up, a plea deal sparing her jail time would be voided and she would be sentenced to a year behind bars.

Rothman said Brown would appear. "She's showing no disrespect," he told the judge.

Brown, whose albums include "Ill Na Na" and "Chyna Doll," pleaded guilty in August to misdemeanor assault charges stemming from a fight with salon workers over a manicure.

Prosecutors said Brown, known for her raunchy lyrics and revealing clothes, kicked one employee and smacked a second in the face in 2004 in an argument over payment for a manicure.

Brown claimed she had made her plea-deal decision under duress. "I find her plea was entered voluntarily," the judge said.

The deal would require Brown to serve three years' probation and take anger management classes.


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