Community service for Busta Rhymes

January 24, 2008 5:15:06 AM PST
Busta Rhymes pleaded guilty Wednesday to assaulting his ex-driver and a fan in a deal that will bring three years' probation and 10 days of community service.

The 35-year-old rapper also must pay a $1,250 fine, plus court costs, for driving while intoxicated and with a suspended license.

He pleaded guilty to the charges - related to four separate incidents - in Manhattan Criminal Court on the day he was set to stand trial.

Rhymes (real name: Trevor Smith) must enroll in a DWI program, too.

"I just want to say that I'm very grateful to the judge, and I'm very grateful to the system. I believe in the system," Rhymes said as he left court.

Judge Larry Stephen revoked Rhymes' driver's license for six months and signed an order of protection directing him to stay away from his former driver.

Rhymes is due back in court for formal sentencing on March 18.

Rhymes, known for eye-catching outfits and an antic performance style, was dressed in a conservative black suit with gray pinstripes, a dark shirt and gray tie during his court appearance.

His hits include "Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See," "Dangerous" and "Touch It." He also has appeared in movies, including "Shaft" and "Finding Forrester."