The member of the hip-hop group Public Enemy whose legal name
is William Drayton Jr. was given a one-year suspended sentence
alongside the 12 family counseling sessions, Clark County
District Court spokeswoman Mary Ann Price said.
Drayton, 55, pleaded guilty to misdemeanors attempted battery
with substantial bodily harm and battery constituting domestic
violence, Clark County District Attorney spokeswoman Tess Driver
Best known for his trademark clock necklace and eccentric
personality, the rapper was charged with felony assault and
child endangerment after his October 2012 arrest. Authorities
said he fought with longtime girlfriend Liz Trujillo and
threatened her teenage son with a knife at a residence about 10
miles southwest of the Las Vegas Strip.
Drayton was not sentenced to formal probation, but he could
serve jail time if he fails to complete the court-ordered
counseling sessions with Trujillo's son, Price said.
The rapper's attorney, Kristina Wildeveld, said the plea deal
was crafted to spare Drayton from having a felony crime on his
"We came to an agreement that was acceptable to everyone,"
Wildeveld said. "Flav never had a felony. He never wanted to
have a felony."
Wildeveld said Drayton, who also faces a case involving speeding
and driving without a license in New York, has already satisfied
a couples counseling requirement the court would have ordered by
appearing on the cable TV reality show "Couples Therapy" in
The attorney said Drayton was currently co-parenting with
Trujillo, but declined to say if they were in a relationship.
They have a young son together named Karma.
Drayton, who is originally from New York's Long Island, rose to
prominence in the late 1980s with the politically charged and
socially conscious hip hop group Public Enemy.
In recent years, Drayton's public profile rose as a reality TV
personality on series such as "The Surreal Life," "Strange Love"
and "Flavor of Love."
(Editing by Eric Kelsey and Eric Walsh)
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