Rapper Young Buck surrendered to police on Friday and was charged with one count of attempted murder and one count of assault with a deadly weapon. Born David Darnell Brown, the rapper was booked at the Santa Monica jail and released on $500,000 bail. Young Buck is scheduled to appear in Los Angeles Superior Court on December 20th for an arraignment hearing.
The charges stem from a brawl at the Vibe Awards on November 15th that began when a man identified as Jimmy James Johnson, 26, approached Dr. Dre as if asking for an autograph, only to punch the hip-hop producer in the face. A widespread brawl ensued, leaving Johnson stabbed. Johnson suffered a collapsed lung and was hospitalized in stable condition as of Thursday.
Police have charged Young Buck in part based on video evidence from the awards show. “A video of the incident revealed that three males were in the immediate area of this melee and were seen to be holding knives,” reads a statement from the Santa Monica police. “Brown is clearly depicted as holding the knife after the assault and is one of a number of fight participants who is pepper sprayed by officers attempting to stop the unlawful assaults.”
Young Buck’s debut LP, Straight Outta Cashville was released in August and entered the charts at Number Three.