Attack Rap Vs. Busta
The hip-hop star, who is out of the country, will be hit with charges when he returns after New Year's Day, the sources said.
His lawyer, Robert Kalina, did not return a message left at his home.
The bust-up allegedly took place Dec. 26 in Rhymes' office at 84 W. Broadway near City Hall.
Eddie Hatchett, 39, who worked as one of Rhymes' drivers, filed a police complaint saying he went to see the rapper at 7 p.m. to collect money he was owed, the sources said.
Instead of taking out his wallet, the rapper put up his fists, Hatchett claimed.
Rhymes landed a number of punches, including one that struck Hatchett's face and caused a laceration, the driver said.
On Dec. 27, Hatchett, who lives in Brooklyn, tried to file a complaint at the 83rd Precinct station house near his home.
Officers directed him to the 1st Precinct station house in lower Manhattan, where the alleged assault occurred. Hatchett filed his charges there.
Police contacted Kalina and learned that Rhymes is out of the country, possibly in Africa, according to the sources.
The lawyer agreed that the star would come in and talk to cops once he returns, the sources said.
Cops plan to charge him with third-degree assault, a misdemeanor.
Hatchett initially declined to discuss the case last night. Then he said, "I'm just an average Joe trying to support my family."
Rhymes, 34, whose real name is Trevor Smith, lives in Baldwin, L.I.
He is already facing charges of assault, attempted assault and harassment for allegedly beating up a fan who spit on a car in the star's entourage on West 19th Street Aug. 12.
Cops say Rhymes repeatedly kicked Roberto Lebron in the head and body, giving him cuts, bruises and a concussion. Prosecutors offered a plea deal of six months behind bars, but the rapper, who topped the charts this year with the song "Touch It," declined the offer.