Jim Jones pleads not guilty to assault charge

February 5, 2009 10:27:20 AM PST
Rapper Jim Jones has pleaded not guilty to beating a friend of hip-hop star Ne-Yo (NEE'-yoh) at an upscale New York City store.

Jones, 32, was arraigned Wednesday in Manhattan Criminal Court and freed without bail pending a March 24 court date. He is charged with assault.

He allegedly beat Jayvon Smith on Dec. 22 outside the Louis Vuitton store on Fifth Avenue.

Jones downplayed the incident, saying: "It's what you call an expensive inconvenience."

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