The Game Charged With Assault, Making Criminal Threats
The Game has been arraigned and charged with a misdemeanor count of assault and battery and one felony count of making criminal threats following a March 29th incident where the rapper allegedly got into an altercation with an off-duty police officer during a basketball game. The Game will make his first court appearance in the case Monday at Los Angeles’ Foltz Criminal Justice Center. The rapper faces up to three years in prison, if convicted.
Prosecutors claim that during the game at Hollywood High School, the rapper born Jayceon Taylor committed a hard foul on the unnamed police officer. Soon after, the Game approached the officer, “struck him and later threatened to kill him,” the Los Angeles Country District Attorney’s Office said in a statement. The Los Angeles Police Department’s Hollywood Division is investigating the case.
Earlier this month, an arrest warrant was issued for the Game stemming from the March 29th incident. During the altercation, the Game reportedly told the officer, “I’m going to kill you” before punching the officer in the face. The Game later claimed that he was under the impression that the police officer had a firearm in his bag and that he only punched the officer after that person first squared up to fight, MTV reports.
According to TMZ, the police officer injured in the fight later sued the rapper, claiming he suffered from brain damage. When a process server and photographer delivered the lawsuit to the Game in April, the rapper then allegedly attacked the photographer, resulting in another police report that claimed battery.