Eminem Pleads No Contest In Court

Grammy-winning rapper Eminem pleaded no contest Monday to weapons charges stemming from an argument with associates of a rival Detroit rap group.

Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Denise Langford Morris said she was not now considering jail time, but said that could change after she reviews the case.

The 28-year-old pleaded no contest to carrying a concealed weapon — a five-year felony — and to a misdemeanor charge of brandishing a firearm in public in the June 3 argument in Royal Oak.

A no contest plea is not an admission of guilt, but it is treated as a guilty plea for sentencing purposes. Eminem will be sentenced on June 5.

Eminem, whose real name is Marshall Mathers III, pleaded guilty on April 10 to a weapons charge in Macomb County Circuit Court and received two years probation. In return, prosecutors dropped an assault charge stemming from a June 4 incident in which he was accused of pistol-whipping a man seen kissing his wife, Kim Mathers, outside a nightclub.

Oakland County Assistant Prosecutor Mark Bilkovic has said he wouldn't push for jail time if Eminem pleaded guilty during Monday's pretrial hearing.

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