Rapper Tony Yayo was arrested in New York City on Saturday afternoon and charged with harassment and endangering the welfare of a child. Though police wouldn’t identify the child or cite the specific incident which led to the G-Unit member’s arrest, Cynthia Reed and Game manager Jimmy “Henchman” Rosemond claim that their 14-year-old son was assaulted by Yayo (real name Marvin Bernard) on March 20 as he was walking to the office of his father’s Czar Entertainment record label/management firm. Game used to be a member of G-Unit before they had a falling out in 2005, and there’s been an ongoing feud ever since. Yayo, 50 Cent and some of their associates allegedly spotted the boy wearing a Czar Entertainment sweatshirt when they were leaving the nearby offices of Violator Management, and confronted him without knowing that he was Rosemond’s son.
“As 50 was getting into his SUV, he hand signaled over to Yayo and his entourage to approach and harass the boy,” a source told AllHipHop.com. “After being interrogated for several minutes as to why he was wearing a Czar Entertainment sweatshirt, Yayo pushed the boy up against the wall.”
It’s alleged that Yayo also backhanded the boy and shouted several expletives directed toward Czar Entertainment. A source told MTV News that 50 Cent and other G-Unit members were detained and questioned by police, but authorities would neither confirm nor deny that report. Yayo was released on Saturday, according to Newsday. He has a lengthy history of legal problems and spent 2003 in prison for weapons possession. He was also reportedly involved in a disturbance before the February 2006 shooting death of Busta Rhymes’ bodyguard, Israel Ramirez.
“As a mother I am concerned that my son (who is a fan of hip-hop) would be attacked by the same artist whose music he listens to,” said Reed in a statement released on Saturday night. “It’s a shame that 50 Cent and Tony Yayo could feel comfortable slapping and physically attacking an innocent 14-year-old minor that they market and promote their records to.
This is a cowardly act on my son, who has done nothing to warrant the verbal and physical abuse he received. This issue should not be taken lightly and these men should be looked upon as a serious threat to society, having taken their relentless public rants towards their rivalries to [an extreme] level. This [incident] should be looked [upon] as a step away from child molestation. I seek justice in the form of restoring my son’s dignity and making sure any child can wear whatever they want without fear of bodily injury.”
Man that’s some real grimey shit right there! How desperate, and not to mention, childish, can you be to actually walk up to a damn 14-year-old and assault him? I tell you one thing, this Yayo cat is one relentless motha….