Assault Charges Against Lloyd Banks Dismissed
7/22/2010 3:00pm EDT
Rapper Lloyd Banks has had assault charges filed against him in Canada dismissed.
The G-Unit star, real name Christopher Lloyd, and three of his associates were taken into custody by police in Ontario in January on suspicion of beating up club promoter Chris Hines. Hines claimed Banks showed up 90 minutes late to play a gig at the NV nightclub and was upset to discover many fans had already left. Banks is then believed to have cut his set short, prompting an argument between the rapper and Hines over his booking fee.
The promoter alleged he was later confronted by a group of four men, including Banks, upon his return to his hotel room and the reported attack left him needing hospital treatment for his injuries. Banks denied the claims and Justice Michael Epstein ruled in his favour last week after one of the other suspects, Nicklas Sloane, pleaded guilty to assault. Sloane was fined $2,500, prompting the judge to dismiss all charges against Banks and his two other defendants.
The rapper's U.S. lawyer Scott Leemon tells AllHipHop.com, "Banks would like to thank his Canadian counsel, Patrick Ducharme, and the authorities in Ontario for doing 'the right thing'. After a careful and neutral evaluation of the facts, it is good to see that the system actually worked."