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N.W.A Member Pleads No Contest to Assaulting TV Rap Show Host

August 28, 1991

A member of the rap group N.W.A pleaded no contest Tuesday to misdemeanor battery in connection with an assault on a Fox TV rap show host in a Hollywood nightclub.

Andre Young Jr., 26, whose stage name is Dr. Dre, entered his plea before Los Angeles Municipal Judge Frederick Wapner, a city attorney's spokesman said.

Wapner fined Young $2,513 and sentenced him to 240 hours of community service and 24 months probation. He also ordered Young to pay $1,000 to the California Victims Restitution Fund, spokesman Ted Goldstein said.

In addition, Young was ordered to produce an anti-violence public service TV announcement.

Young was accused of assaulting Dee Barnes, 23, host of the Fox TV rap show "Pump It Up," during a private party on Jan. 27.

Barnes said Young picked her up by her hair and smashed her face into a wall. Young allegedly was upset with a TV spot featuring former N.W.A member Ice Cube, which was inserted into a "Pump It Up" segment.

In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Young said: "I just did it, you know. Ain't nothing you can do now by talking about it. Besides, it ain't no big thing. I just threw her through a door."

Barnes filed a $22.7-million lawsuit June 27 against Young and the other three members of the group. The suit accuses Young of assault and battery and the other group members of "libel, slander and infliction of emotional distress."

N.W.A's latest album, "Efil4zaggin," is laced with lyrics about sex and beating and murdering women. The follow-up to the group's 1989 "Straight Outta Compton" sold more than 1 million copies in two weeks.

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