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Busta Busted

Busta Rhymes, born Trevor Tahiem Smith, Jr., celebrated the new year yesterday by adding an arrest and an assault charge to his growing police record. The arrest, stemming from a Dec. 26 incident in which Busta allegedly beat up his driver during an argument over money, occurred yesterday when the famed rapper turned himself into a Manhattan police station, reports. The driver, whose name has yet to be released, filed a complaint with police after the episode, claming Busta punched him in the face resulting in cuts and a hospital visit.

The arrest marks Busta’s latest run in with the law following an August assault charge for kicking a 19-year-old man in the head and a ticket for driving while talking on his cell phone. There is also an ongoing investigation into the Feb. 5 shooting death at a Brooklyn music video shoot for his single “Touch It.”

Talk: Will Busta see any jail time?

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