Friday, August 22, 2008
Da Brat Sentenced to 3 years
Da Brat has joined a distinct group of black female rappers imprisoned.
Today, the rambunctious hip-hop lyricist and reality TV fixture was sentenced to three years in prison for striking a woman with a rum bottle at an Atlanta-area nightclub.
The Atlanta-Journal Constitution' reports that a DeKalb County judge also sentenced the 'That's What I'm Looking For' rapper, whose real name is Shawntae Harris, to seven years probation and 200 hours of community service.
The fateful incident occurred during a Jermaine Dupri-hosted Halloween party at Georgia-area nightclub Studio 72 on Oct. 31, 2007. The victim, a waitress at the club, had to be hospitalized after being struck by the rapstress, and Superior Court Judge Gail Flake said the woman suffered permanent facial scarring.
Da Brat and the victim had reportedly gotten into an altercation prior to the assault, police said at the time.
This sentence follows a strong of other female rappers who have been imprisoned for assault and attempted manslaughter, including Lil' Kim, Foxy Brown and most recently Remy Ma.