Legendary hip hop emcee Eric B. has been released from jail after turning himself in on October 28 on a 17-year-old warrant for his arrest. Eric is one half of the iconic duo Eric B. & Rakim.
According to reports, Eric B. — real name Eric Barrier — didn’t even know he had a warrant, but the rapper was confronted by state police about his record. Back in 2002, Barrier entered a guilty plea to aggravated assault and resisting arrest/eluding in connection with an incident that took place in 2001. He was supposed to return to court two months later for his sentencing hearing but never showed up. The rapper said he wasn’t avoiding the hearing, but said his lawyer at the time reportedly told him he didn’t need to be there. Barrier also claims that he never received any notification about him missing a mandatory hearing.
The rapper has been released on bail and is scheduled to appear in court once again at the end of the month.
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