The rapper was fined $1,200 for an incident that took place at La Rouge Nightclub in June 2004. Ja Rule – real name Jeffrey Atkins – had been facing a more serious charge of assault causing bodily harm, which could have resulted in jail time.
“I’m just sorry about my actions,” Atkins said as he stood on the courthouse steps with his lawyer, wife and bodyguards.
The rapper said he was provoked by a crowd that formed near him at the venue. They were shouting “derogatory” comments about his public feud with
The victim walked away with a black eye and cuts to the eyelid.
“Hopefully, this was a one-time outburst,” Justice W.P. Bassel told Atkins.
The judge apologized to the rapper for the “disgraceful” comments shouted at the club, calling them an “embarrassment” for the city.
Atkins had been in Toronto shooting a film.