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Rap Star Jay-Z Released On Bail

Grammy-winning rapper Jay-Z was released on $50,000 bail Friday following his arraignment. He was charged with assaulting three people, including a record executive he allegedly stabbed several times in a Manhattan night club.

Jay-Z, 29, was accused of attacking Lance "Un" Rivera after a fight broke out among several guests during a party Wednesday night for the rapper Q-Tip at the Kit Kat Club in New York City.

A Manhattan Criminal Court complaint says Jay-Z, whose real name is Shawn Carter, slashed Rivera's abdomen and then stabbed him "more than once in the back with a knife." He was charged with first-degree assault.

Police would not say what caused the dispute. Rivera, founder of Untertainment Records, was treated at St. Vincent's hospital and released Thursday afternoon.

Jay-Z was also charged with first-degree assault for an attack on an unidentified man a week ago at the Kit Kat Club. The complaint says Jay-Z hit the man in the head with a bottle, requiring hospital treatment.

The third alleged victim, the complaint says, was Marcus Delgado. He told police that on April 12, 1998, Jay-Z smashed a bottle on his head in the Carbon Club, causing a gash that required a trip to the hospital for staples to close it.

Sarah Frank, spokeswoman for the Manhattan district attorney's office, said the incident a week ago was reported the day it happened. She said she did not know why police made no arrest at that time.

Frank said Delgado came forward and filed a complaint Dec. 2 after learning about the alleged assault on Rivera.

Accompanied by lawyer Murray Richman, Jay-Z surrendered Thursday at the Midtown South Precinct, police said. They said he was arrested and charged after being questioned.

At his arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court, Judge Charles A. Posner set bail for Jay-Z at $50,000 and scheduled his next court date for Jan. 31.

Rubenstein Associates, Inc., the public relations firm representing Roc-A-Fella Records, said Jay-Z, who co-founded the label, denied being involved in the incident.

Jay-Z was born in Brooklyn and once hustled drugs for a living, he has told several publications. His records are anthems of street life, of the struggles to survive in the environment where he grew up.

In an interview earlier this year with The Associated Press, he said his concern is for the people who still live in that environment, not for gaining accolades or awards.

Last year, Jay-Z portrayed himself in the semi-autobiographical short film, Streets Is Watching. The film's soundtrack included the hit single, It's Alright.

Jay-Z's Vol. 2: Hard Knock Life won best rap album at the Grammy Awards held this year.

Written By Donna De La Cruz

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