Flavor Flav Pleads Guilty in Las Vegas Battery Case
Flavor Flav has a good team behind him considering the rap game's most notable hype man was able to dodge having a felony crime on his record this week.
The Public Enemy member pleaded guilty to misdemeanors attempted battery with substantial bodily harm and battery constituting domestic violence as a result of a Las Vegas domestic violence case in which he threatened his fiancee's son with a knife in 2012.
Reuters reports that Flav, born William Drayton Jr., was in a Las Vegas court on Monday (April 14), where he was served with 12 counseling sessions and was given a one-year suspended sentence according to Clark County District Court spokeswoman Mary Ann Price.
In October 2012, he was charged with assault with a deadly weapon and domestic violence battery following a domestic dispute with his fiancee Liz Trujillo and her teenage son. At the time, the Las Vegas police reported a caller, identified as Trujillo, said she had been involved in a physical altercation with her fiance, who was identified as William Drayton.
If the 55-year-old entertainer was found guilty of the charges, Flav faced up to six years in prison and up to six months if convicted of the domestic violence charge. Kristina Wildeveld, the clock necklace-wearing rhymer's attorney, said Flav took a plea deal to prevent himself from having a felony attached to his name. "We came to an agreement that was acceptable to everyone," Wildeveld said. "Flav never had a felony. He never wanted to have a felony."
If Flav fails to complete any of the 12 court-ordered counseling sessions with Trujillo's son, he could serve jail time.
Flav and Trujillo have one younger son together, Karma.
Earlier this year, he was arrested while traveling to his mother's funeral in Hempstead, N.Y. Flav was pulled over for speeding, which caused police to discover he had a whopping 16 suspensions on his license. In addition to a dirty driving record, he was also found to be in possession of marijuana.