After appearing at Manhattan’s 18th Precinct on Monday (January 5), as previously reported, Jim Jones was charged with assault, stemming from an altercation with Ne-Yo’s entourage on Christmas Eve, according to reports.
MTV caught up with the Dipset Capo shortly afterward, and the rapper expressed his relief for not being behind bars.
“I guess I got lucky,” Jones told MTV. “I got a DAT.” Jones was issued a Desk Appearance Ticket, instead of a trip into the slammer for the misdemeanor assault charge.
Jones was allegedly involved in an altercation with a member of Ne-Yo’s entourage at the Fifth Avenue Louis Vuitton store on Christmas Eve. Jones reportedly punched and kicked a man named Vaughn, the brother of Tyran “Ty Ty” Smith, who works with Ne-Yo and is the longtime best friend and colleague of Jones’ lyrical nemesis, Jay-Z.
Despite internet reports, Jones denied knowing anything about the incident when asked by MTV, stating that he was just shopping.
“I don’t know what this is for,” Jimmy said. “All I know is I was shopping. I don’t know what happened.
“How my LVs [Louis Vuitton logos] look?” the Diplomat Capo, wearing a Louis V scarf, asked. “They say it was an incident at the store, but I don’t know.”
Jones’ mother called into New York’s Power 105.1 radio station Monday (January 5), where she called for peace in the hip-hop community, and also acknowledged the altercation.
“I’m tired of all these rappers not doing their jobs,” she vented. “They’re getting into all types of crazy stuff. … Your job is called ‘rapping’ for the audience, for the people. Get paid, and take your behind home.”
Jones is due in court on February 4.
Aside from legal troubles, Jones is preparing the release of his next solo album, Pray for Reign. It’s slated for release February 20.