Sideshow: Lil Wayne free after eight months in prison

Rapper Lil Wayne , a.k.a. "Weezy," spent eight months at Rikers Island after pleading guilty to a weapons charge. He got time off for good behavior, despite spending a stretch in solitary.
Rapper Lil Wayne , a.k.a. "Weezy," spent eight months at Rikers Island after pleading guilty to a weapons charge. He got time off for good behavior, despite spending a stretch in solitary.
Posted: November 05, 2010

Lil Wayne once again breathes the sweet, sweet smell of freedom, the Associated Press reports. The Grammy-winning rapper has emerged from famed New York bastille Rikers Island after doing eight months on a gun-possession charge, according to the NYC Department of Corrections.

"FREE AT LAST!!!!!!!" the performer's manager, Cortez Bryant, tweeted Thursday morning. Lil Wayne is off to Miami for a big homecoming party Sunday.

Life behind bars fazed Weezy not a whit. "I was never scared, worried nor bothered by the situation," he professed Tuesday on, a website he used to keep in touch with his fans while he cooled his heels.

The jail time didn't hurt his career, either. His new album I Am Not a Human Being, released in September while Lil Wayne was in solitary, soared to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart last month. He was featured on albums by Drake and Eminem that came out during his time of travail. He even recorded a verse by phone for "Light Up," a song by Drake and Jay-Z that hit the Web.

Lil Wayne (né Dwayne Carter Jr.) pleaded guilty in October 2009 to attempted weapon possession for having a loaded semiautomatic .40-caliber gun on his tour bus after a Manhattan concert. He was sentenced to a year, but got time off for good behavior (despite spending time in stir for having a charger and headphones, forbidden items, in his cell).

Ex-President Bill Clinton told a Pittsburgh radio station Tuesday that he admired Lil Wayne's talent and hoped he "has a good life now."

Lil Wayne promises fans he hasn't really changed. "I will be the same Martian I was when I left, just better." He plans to make new music and release a new album, Tha Carter IV. And he may turn his prison diary into a book, folks close to him say.

Teen star making scents

Pop idol Justin Bieber is lending his numinous name to a new fragrance, People mag reports on its website. "It's for my female fans, and I want to create something that will have the girls go crazy," the 16-year-old Biebster tells People.

The perfume, which doesn't have a name yet, will go on sale next summer. "Most male celebrities do male colognes for other males," mop-top Justin confides further to People. "I think that me making a female fragrance is just a different idea and I think it's going to be successful. I'm just really, really excited about it. It's going to be really big."

BTW, Justin demurs when asked what fragrance graces his own personal body. "I can't tell you what I wear," he says mysteriously. "It's got to be mysterious."

Mom changes tune, no charges for Mario

Prosecutors in Baltimore have changed their minds about proceeding with misdemeanor assault charges against R&B singer (and Dancing With the Stars contestant) Mario.

The singer/dancer (full name Mario Barrett) had been facing a second-degree assault beef for allegedly shoving his mother, Shawntia Hardaway, into a wall at their Baltimore home.

A rep for the state's attorney's office in Baltimore says Hardaway changed her story on the witness stand Tuesday, saying that she was under the influence of drugs and alcohol when she summoned cops and that her son hadn't laid a hand on her.

Mario's lawyer, Billy Murphy, says it was clear from the beginning that his client never struck his mother and that Mario "remains committed to helping his mother battle her addiction."

Gucci Mane off the hook - for now

Here's more from the Charges Dropped file: Authorities in Atlanta have dropped charges against rapper Gucci Mane for allegedly resisting arrest during a traffic stop. However, a judge told the rapper (born Radric Davis) that the charges could yet be refiled.

Atlanta cops gave this account of the incident that led to GM's arrest: An off-duty police officer saw Gucci Mane's white Hummer being driven recklessly. Police responding to the call used pepper spray on the rapper when he assaulted another person after an argument. Authorities say he resisted arrest before being apprehended. Charges against Gucci included obstruction of officers, interference with government property, and reckless driving.

DUI in Florida

Onetime teen heartthrob David Cassidy has been charged with driving under the influence in Florida after a Highway Patrol trooper stopped him for weaving through traffic and almost causing an accident in Fort Pierce, the Associated Press reports. The Highway Patrol says Cassidy told a trooper who stopped him about 6 p.m. Wednesday that he had a glass of wine at lunch and a hydrocodone pill at 3:30 p.m. Police said there was a half-empty bottle of bourbon in the backseat.

The Highway Patrol says Cassidy failed a field sobriety test and two breath tests. Cassidy posted $350 bail and was released from jail early Thursday. His rep told that Cassidy took a pain pill but was not drunk.

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