UPDATE 08/09/16: Hopsin has made a statement via social media, calling the assault case against him “exaggerated bullshit” and revealing that he hasn’t been banned from Australia.
ORIGINAL STORY: US rapper Hopsin has pleaded guilty to assaulting a woman in Australia.
The LA rhyme-spitter has today been handed a two-year good behaviour bond and 12-month Apprehended Violence Order (AVO) after copping to a charge of common assault in a Sydney court.
He was arrested on Sunday night, 4th September after police were called to a hotel in central Sydney.
After being granted conditional bail on a charge of common assault, Hopsin fronted the Downing Centre Local Court today, Wednesday 7th September, where he submitted a plea of “guilty”.
Magistrate Jane Mottley has sentenced the MC to a two-year good behaviour bond.
While in a separate case that was heard by the same court today, Mottley also granted the victim – whom Music Feeds understands is a Sydney-based makeup artist – a 12 month restraining order against the rapper.
Hopsin has yet to comment on the outcome of today’s legal proceedings, but he did post a Facebook selfie of himself in the lift on the way to the hearing, along with the caption: “No Ill mind 8 jury with me this time. It’s Just me on my solo shit.”
Following his arrest on Sunday, Hopsin also took to Instagram with an emotional post, stating:
“Shit ain’t really that pretty over here at all… I can’t see myself ever doing it, but I actually wanna literally die. Like literally. This may be a moment that I look back on and laugh, but right now, I’m not laughing. What would make a 31 year old man cry on a daily basis? Being rich as hell, successful with no love around him.”
He also feared that he was going to be banned from Australia as a result of the incident, writing: “They’re really bout to ban me from Australia now this shit fuckin sucks man.”
Following the outcome of today’s hearing, Music Feeds has asked the Department Of Immigration to comment on whether Hopsin’s fears of being “banned” from Australia are warranted, but a spokesperson says the department is not at liberty to comment on individual cases.
Fellow US rapper Chris Brown was recently forced to cancel his Australian tour after the Federal Government denied his Visa on the grounds of past domestic violence convictions.
For those needing assistance, 1800 Respect – the National Sexual Assault Domestic Family Violence Counselling Service – can be reached on 1800 737 732.