Rapper and reality TV star, Flavor Flav, pleaded guilty to a domestic violence charge in Las Vegas. The 55-year-old was sentenced to counseling and probation.
Flavor Flav, whose real name is William Jonathan Drayton Jr., admitted to pulling a knife on the son of his longtime girlfriend in 2012. According to the teen’s testimony, Drayton made threats to kill him and chased him into a bedroom. The rapper then stabbed the knife through a door.
Since the event, the family has been going through counseling sessions and has talked through their differences.
Drayton was facing charges that could have had him spend 12 years in prison. His guilty plea resulted in reduced charges. He was also given due credit for spending time in jail after he was arrested, said Tess Driver, the spokeswoman for the Nevada district attorney.
“I love my son and my son loves me, too,” the rapper said in court.
Both Drayton’s girlfriend and her son, who is now 18-years-old, were not present in court.
Drayton is also facing another case for driving without a license and speeding in New York while he was on his way to his mother’s funeral. He was arrested on January 9. Defense attorney Kristina Wildeveld said that the rapper is in the process of resolving that case by paying fines.
“I’m standing here in front of the camera, not behind bars,” Drayton said in front of the cameras after exiting the courthouse.
According to the judge, Drayton could spend a year in county jail if he ever violates the agreement in the domestic violence case. He will be appearing in court on August 18 when he completes his counseling sessions.
Drayton has been touring with the group Public Enemy since he was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame last year.
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