The Slim Shady Rap Continues
Eminem was initially charged with carrying a concealed weapon and assault with a deadly weapon, both felonies, in connection with an alleged confrontation with his wife, Kimberly Mathers, outside a bar early June 3.
According to the new charges, the rapper had a dispute several hours earlier with Douglas Dail outside a stereo shop in Royal Oak, Mich. Dail reportedly tours with ICP.
The Detroit Free Press reported that witnesses told police that Eminem, whose given name is Marshall Bruce Mathers III, walked out of a Mickey Shorr car audio store into the parking lot and confronted Dail.
Kimberly Mathers and Dail’s wife reportedly joined in the shouting match before Eminem grabbed a 9mm handgun from an ankle holster.
“They were both screaming and cussing at each other,” Cmdr. Tom Wightman told the Free Press. Eminem “reached down, pulled out the sidearm and pointed it at the victim, who fled. Mickey Shorr employees came out and confirmed the argument and the gun,” Wightman said.
Eminem cooperated fully with local police when questioned June 7, according to Oakland County Prosecutor David Gorcyca. However, Dail reportedly has recanted his initial statement to police and “refuses to cooperate.”
Even though Dail changed his story, Eminem was charged with felony possession of a concealed weapon and misdemeanor brandishing of a firearm.
The concealed weapon counts in both cases each carry up to five years behind bars. The assault charge could bring up to four years in prison, while the firearm-brandishing misdemeanor carries up to 90 days in jail.
Eminem’s lawyer, Howard Hertz, had said his client is innocent of the first charges. He did not immediately comment on the newest charges.
At his June 7 arraignment in Warren, Mich., the rapper was freed after posting 10 percent of his $100,000 bond and was allowed to go on tour. His next concert is on the Up In Smoke tour June 15 at the Coors Amphitheatre near San Diego.