Rapper Big Boi can sidestep jail time on drug charges in Florida if he passes several drug tests and performs community service,prosecutors said on Thursday.
As previously reported,the Outkast MC ,whose real name is Antwan Patton,was arrested in Miami after leaving a cruise ship in August. Authorities accused him of having drugs including ecstasy and MDMA powder,according to the arrest report.
In court on Thursday,the 36-year-old rapper accepted an agreement that could lead to the two felony drug possession charges he faces being dropped. Big Boi will be required to report to court for monthly drug tests for three months,complete 30 hours of community service and donate $2,000 to charities,the Miami prosecutor’s office said.
The charges will be dropped if he remains drug-free and stays out of trouble for three months,but will be refiled if he does not meet all the conditions,according to prosecutors.
Defense attorney Richard Hersch said Big Boi was eligible for the judicial monitoring program because he has a clean record and does not have a problem with substance abuse.
“There’s no admission of guilt that is involved with it,” Hersch told Reuters.