Ms. Shawntae Harris, known to the public as Da Brat, was sentenced to three years in prison for an incident involving a cheerleader, a show of feminine machismo, and a subsequently broken rum bottle. May all her encounters with handcuffs and broom handles during her stay be pleasant ones.
From the Boston Herald:
Rapper Da Brat, born Shawntae Harris, has been sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to hitting a hostess in the head with a rum bottle, Usmagazine.com reports.
The 34-year-old rapper was also sentenced to seven years’ probation, 200 hours of community service and completion of substance abuse treatment, mental evaluation and anger management classes.
â€œI love y’all,â€ she said to her relatives as a deputy hauled her away, the Atlanta-Journal Constitution reported. â€œWe love you too,â€ came the family reply.
The assault occurred at a Halloween party in Atlanta’s Studio 72, when the rapper lived up to her name and got bratty. She got into a fight with then-Atlanta Falcons cheerleader Shayla Stevens, who was working as a hostess, The Associated Press reported.
Police said Harris and Stevens got into a disagreement after they bumped into each other. Stevens walked away and moments later was hit in the face with the bottle. The cheerleader was left with a deep cut to the cheek and a swollen forehead. She also has a permanent scar on her face.
This is not the first time, Harris, a native of Chicago and protege of Jermaine Dupri, has gotten physical. In 2000, she was arrested after she struck another woman at a bar. She was sentenced to 12 months’ probation at the time.
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