Busta Rhymes' Back Door Action Leaves NYPD Sergeant In Trouble
Rhymes (whose real name is Trevor Smith) was arraigned at a Manhattan Criminal Court Thursday (January 4) on an assault charge after being arrested following a complaint claiming the rapper attacked one of his driver's over a financial dispute.
According to New York's Daily News, Steven Morello, a spokesman for the Corrections Department, has confirmed that a female sergeant escorted Rhymes to a back exit, presumably to escape notice from the press. After letting Rhymes leave through the rear door, which is also a driveway for Manhattan's infamous Tombs holding cell, the sergeant put Rhymes on a bus that left him blocks away from the courthouse.
Deputy Police Commissioner Paul Browne told the Daily News that Internal Affairs is now looking into whether the sergeant gave Rhymes preferential treatment.
WhileRhymes was probably seeking to avoid media attention leaving the courtroom, all defendants, regardless of their celebrity, must leave the courthouse from public exits after posting bail. Sean "Diddy" Combs, Foxy Brown, Jay-Z and Russell Crowe have all been unable to escape public scrutiny after exiting the court.