Da Brat To Jail

Rap star Shawntae Harris, better known as Da Brat, was sentenced Friday to serve three years in prison for hitting a hostess in the head with a rum bottle during an altercation at a suburban Atlanta nightclub last fall.

The 34-year-old Harris pleaded guilty Friday to aggravated assault in DeKalb County. Superior Court Judge Gail Flake sentenced her to three years behind bars and seven on probation, plus 200 hours of community service and completion of substance abuse treatment, mental evaluation and anger management classes.

Harris was at a private Halloween party at Studio 72, a club in Tucker, when she struck then-Atlanta Falcons cheerleader Shayla Stevens, who was working part-time as a hostess for the event.

A police report indicated Harris and Stevens got into a squabble after they bumped into each other. Stevens walked away and moments later was hit in the face with the bottle. She sustained a deep cut to the cheek and some swelling on the forehead.

Stevens has a permanent scar on her face as a result of the altercation, officials said.

District Attorney Gwen Keyes Fleming said the judge also ordered Harris to have no contact with the victim.

Recordings by Da Brat, a native of Chicago and a protege of Jermaine Dupri, include the song “Funkdafied.” She also has appeared on reality shows such as “Celebrity Fit Club” and “The Surreal Life.”

Keyes Fleming’s office said Harris was arrested and charged with a misdemeanor for disorderly conduct in a nightclub in Fulton County in 2000. She was sentenced to 12 months probation in June 2001.