Today in Hip-Hop: Tupac Shakur Receives Prison Sentence for Sexual Assault Case
On this day, Feb. 7, in hip-hop history...
1995: Although Tupac Shakur will undoubtedly go down as one of hip-hop's legends for his no fucks given attitude, his lyrical flow, his style and his freedom fighter mentality, he remained a polarizing figure for the entirety of his fame in the '90s.
In November of 1993, Shakur and members of his entourage were charged with sexually assaulting a female fan. A Brooklyn woman who had had previous relations with the West Coast star a few days earlier claimed she was raped by Pac and his entourage when she met them in a hotel room at New York's Parker Meridien Hotel. Pac claimed the encounter was consensual throughout the entirety of the court proceedings and even pleaded his case to the public by talking about it on The Arsenio Hall Show in 1994, but the findings of the case implied otherwise.
On Feb. 7, 1995, a month before Pac dropped his third studio album Me Against the World, the rapper was sentenced to one and a half to four and a half years in prison for sexually abusing the fan but acquitted of weapons and sodomy charges. Pac began his sentence on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14, 1995 and would serve nine months of the bid before being bailed out by Death Row Records CEO Suge Knight—pending a conviction appeal—in October 1995 in exchange for their famous three album deal.
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