There’s a new development in the ongoing domestic violence case involving rapper Fabolous and his longtime girlfriend Emily Bustamante. According to our sister site, Bossip, Fabolous has rejected the proposed plea deal. Accepting the agreement would have placed him in a program for first-time offenders.
But Fabolous, through his lawyer, announced today, during a hearing that he would take his chances at trial.
Now, he’ll have to present his case to a Grand Jury before it makes its way to criminal court.
The prosecutor in the case told the judge, “This matter has been dragging since April. It was supposed to be a PTI (pre-trial intervention) entry, but that apparently was rejected.”
Fabolous’ lawyer Brian Nearly asked that the case be withdrawn from plea negotiations.
A Grand Jury is set to review the case next month.
Fabolous, who was accompanied by Emily B.’s daughter Taina, did not speak during the hearing.
The plea deal would have ensured that the charges against Fabolous would have been dismissed once he completed a pre-trial intervention program. The program would last for 6 months to a couple of years.
All of this stems from an incident where Emily B. accused Fabulous of not only threatening to kill her but hitting her so hard that her teeth had to be surgically removed. There was also a video of Fabolous making threats of violence and death to Emily B.’s father and brother.
He was subsequently charged with aggravated assault on a domestic violence victim and making terroristic threats. If convicted, he could face several years in prison.
Since Emily B. initially filed charges, the two have reunited, appearing in public together, even taking pictures with one another for Instagram.
Neary told Bossip that he’s confident the case will not go to trial. He doesn’t even believe it will necessarily make it to the Grand Jury.