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Rap Star Busta Rhymes to Face Trial on Assault Charges

Busta Rhymes will face trial on two assault charges after being caught driving with a suspended license.

A Manhattan judge Monday, March 26, withdrew a plea offer which included probation, community service, and a series of lectures to troubled youth. The trial is tentatively set to start May 8.

The 34-year-old rapper - real name Trevor Smith, Jr. - is accused of beating his former driver last December in a dispute over back pay. The other case involves an August, 2006 attack on a fan, who allegedly spit on the rapper's car.

New York City police also want to question Busta Rhymes in connection with the February, 2006 shooting death of his bodyguard, Israel Ramirez. They claim he has been uncooperative.