Aggravated Assault, Reckless Endangerment, & Criminal Conspiracy
In 1989, Smith and his entourage assaulted record promoter, William Hendricks. The initial stories claimed Smith asked his bodyguard, Charles Alston, to go after Hendricks and left him nearly blind. He was charged with aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person, assault, and criminal conspiracy.
To this day, the rapper claims his innocence: “It wasn’t my fault. That’s what they all say! But it wasn’t my fault. This is back in Philly. One of my buddies beat up this dude, and I was there. That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it.”
After being arrested and put behind bars for one single night his charges were dropped, and a few days later he won a Grammy.