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Warrants allege rapper Rick Ross
assaulted a man inside a guesthouse at his Fayette County estate earlier
this month, chipped the man's teeth with a handgun and injured his jaw
so badly that he was "restricted to soft foods and liquid diet."
39, and bodyguard Nadrian Lateef James were arrested "without incident"
Wednesday morning after U.S. Marshals swarmed the entertainer's home,
the palatial 235-acre Fayetteville estate formerly owned by boxer Evander Holyfield. Ross, whose real name is William Leonard Roberts II, was charged with aggravated assault, aggravated battery and kidnapping.
James, 42, was charged with aggravated battery and kidnapping.
Nadrian Lateef James (Credit: Fayette County Sheriff's Office)
to arrest warrants issued by the Fayette County Sheriff's Office, the
charges stem from an incident on the morning of June 7.
encounter, Ross allegedly hit the male victim "in the head and body"
with a Glock 9mm handgun, chipping two teeth and causing jaw and neck
injuries as well as "multiple scratches and contusions." James is
accused of assaulting the man as well.
"The victim lost use of his
jaw and is restricted to soft foods and liquid diet only as a result of
not being able to chew food," arrest warrants state.
Photos: Celebrity arrests 2015
The kidnapping charges filed against Ross
and James stem from the victim allegedly being forced into a guesthouse
bedroom and "questioned under duress and forced to answer questions at
What may have led to the encounter was unclear. Channel
2 Action News reported that the alleged victim was believed to be
working on Ross' home.
Ross and James were both denied bond during
an initial hearing Wednesday morning, authorities confirmed. They will
remain in the Fayette County jail until July 1, when they are scheduled
to go before a superior court judge.
The founder of Maybach Music
Group, Ross is perhaps best known for his 2006 single "Hustlin'." He was
raised near Miami but had lived in metro Atlanta for several years
before purchasing Holyfield's former home last year.
Wednesday's arrest was Ross' second in Fayette County in two weeks, and at least his fifth run-in with law enforcement.
Fayette County authorities arrested Ross on a misdemeanor marijuana chargeon June 10. He was also arrested on pot charges in Miami in 2008, in Louisiana in 2011 and in North Carolina in 2013.
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(Atlanta, GA) Booklovers from across the country flocked to Atlanta, GA for the first LIVE African American Book Clubs on the Move also known as the AAMBC awards. Real Housewives of Atlanta starlet Claudia Jordan
hosted the ceremony celebrating various genres of literature in the African American culture. "When we learned that Claudia Jordan was working on a literary project, we were even more excited to extend an invitation to her to host the inaugural show," Tamika Newhouse (Delphine Publishing, AAMBC awards) says, "It was a great fit and our audience enjoyed her very much." Newhouse was also thankful to the sponsors that stepped up to make the evening special. "We were blessed to have amazing sponsors that stepped up to the plate to make this first show amemorable experience for our participants," publisher Tamika Newhouse (Delphine Publishing)says. In addition to the ASPIRE network coming on board as the official media partner, the AAMBC awards was sponsored by Newhouse's new publishing site LITISH, David Weaver presents, Miss Virgo Girl Media, the Z Bailey Collection, John Silvey (Zaxby's) MBP Publishing, and Pure Sip hyper-purified water.
The awards were presented by a mixture of Atlanta celebrities, authors and socialites. 2015 AAMBC award nominees included; Poet of the Year- Laqueshia Malone, Breakout Author of the Year-Piper Huguley, Book Club
of the Year-Keys No Lock, Male Author of the Year-David Weaver, Indie Publisher of the Year- Brown Girls Publishing, Female Author of the Year-Zane, Indie Book Store- Nubian Books, AAMBC Author of the Year- M. Skye, Romance Author of the Year- Sheila Goss, Magazine of the Year- Rolling Out, Christian Author of the Year- Denora Boone, Independent Digital Publisher- David Weaver Presents, Blogger of the Year- Orsayor Simmons "Book Referees", Reader's Choice-K'wan Foye, eBook of the Year- Jessica Watkins,Street Lit Writer of the Year-
Silk White, AAMBC Reviewer of the Year-Kiera Northington. The Francis Ray award was given to popular urban fiction author K'wan and steed media/rolling out publisher Munson Steed received the 2015 Media Innovator of the Year. In his acceptance speech Steed spoke of support for African American authors in establishing a platform for them via rolling out. "We want to support our literary community. So if there are any authors here that we haven't featured, we'd like to share an opportunity with you to connect with our readers," Steed explained.
Guests of the 2015 AAMBC awards included Brittish Williams (VH1/Basketball Wives) Adrianna Lombardo (R&B/pop singer), Bo Talley (Atlanta philanthropist/socialite) Shay (Love & Hip Hop Atlanta) and several other notables. Newhouse says she is looking forward to the next AAMBC awards which she has set the date of June 11th, 2016.
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