The Associated Press reports Destiny’s Child star Beyonce Knowles, Jay-Z and Damon Dash were in Philadelphia on Friday for the trial of Beanie Sigel, who faces attempted murder charges related to the shooting of Terrence Speller outside a West Philadelphia bar last summer. Beyonce drew plenty of stares from jurors and others when she appeared in the courtroom dressed in a white blouse and seersucker pants.
Beanie Sigel, whose real name is Dwight Grant, will plead guilty to federal drug and weapons charges at a hearing Thursday, his lawyer told the Philadelphia Daily News in a story published Tuesday. “He’s prepared to accept responsibility,” Fortunato N. Perri Jr. said. The 30-year-old rapper would face a likely sentence of about three years under federal guidelines if he pleads guilty to drug-possession and a weapon-possession charges.
Oschino, Noreaga, Beanie Sigel, Damon Dash, and Young Gunz were on the set of ‘State Property 2’ on Friday (March 12) in Yonkers, New York. Check out pictures from FilmMagic.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that after 3 1/2 days of legal uncertainty, imprisoned rapper Beanie Sigel got final approval on Monday from a federal judge to go to Minnesota for 28 days of inpatient drug and anger-management therapy. U.S. District Judge R. Barclay Surrick signed the order releasing Sigel, 29, from federal detention after a final flurry of meetings and hearings in two courthouses.
Dan DeLuca and Alfred Lubrano of the Philadelphia Inquirer profiled Beanie Segal as the local rapper prepares to battle for his freedom after being accused of attempted murder and a separate federal firearms charge. “He is no stranger to law enforcement,” Philadelphia Police Lt. Michael Chitwood of Southwest Detectives said. “He’s always straddled the line between good and evil.” He later added, “People who know Sigel are scared to death of him, yet people idolize [him]. God gives you tremendous talent, and he gives you problems, then tells you to work it out – the wonderful things and the dark side. In the end, it’s up to you.”
On Monday Beanie Sigel was ordered held without bond pending trial on a federal weapons charge. That will keep him off the summer “Roc the Mic” tour with Jay-Z and other Roc-A-Fella label stars. “Here’s a kid who starts getting arrested when he’s 14 years old. … And what he’s doing now, at 29, he’s straddling that line,” said Philadelphia Police Lt. Michael Chitwood, who waited backstage to arrest Sigel on an attempted-murder charge during a July 3rd tour stop in Camden, New Jersey. “He has a God-given talent. But he’s refusing to cross that line and leave the thug element behind.”
RollingStone.com reports Beanie Sigel showed up in a Philadelphia courtroom on July 9th for a hearing on an assault case and was arrested by federal authorities for an unrelated illegal weapons charge. The new charge stems from an April 20th arrest when the rapper (a.k.a. Dwight Grant) was accused of throwing a handgun from his car after he was pulled over by police.
The Associated Press reports Beanie Sigel posted bail and was released from jail Saturday after he was charged with shooting and injuring a man outside a bar. Sigel’s attorney, Fortunato Perri Jr., said his client denied any involvement in the shooting.
MTV News reports Beanie Sigel is behind bars, facing attempted murder charges, after turning himself in to police Thursday night in Philadelphia. The Roc-A-Fella recording artist and leader of the State Property clique surrendered around 11:15 p.m., shortly after performing with Jay-Z on the Rock the Mic tour, police said. Read more.
Rap acts on talk television this week include the Roots on the Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn on Monday, while Freeway & Beanie Sigel perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Friday.