Jay-Z Gets Indicted in the Diary Time Machine
On this date in 2000, Rapper Jay-Z was indicted in New York Criminal Court on two assault charges stemming from a December 1999 stabbing of record of executive Lance “un” Rivera. Jay-Z initially denied the incident and pleaded not guilty when a grand jury returned the indictment. Jay-Z and his lawyers contended he was nowhere around Rivera during the incident and they had witnesses and videotape evidence from the club that showed Jay-Z’s whereabouts during the disturbance. Nevertheless, he later pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge that resulted in a sentence of three years probation.