He will return to court on July 11 before Judge Dawnn Gruenburg for a preliminary examination in a District Court, where all felony cases originate. According to Bill Harding at the prosecutor's office, that hearing is to determine whether or not there is sufficient evidence to send the case to the Circuit Court, which is the felony trial court.
Meanwhile, Eminem's wife Kimberly Mathers fired off a letter to the Detroit Free Press on Wednesday offering her side of the evening in question. "I would like to start off by saying that just because my husband is an entertainer, that does not mean that our personal business is for everyone's entertainment purposes, but since the press seems to think that it is, then they should get their story straight," Mathers wrote. She continued, refuting reports that Eminem was spying on her, as he suspected that she was cheating on him. "If I was to cheat on him it wouldn't be in a neighborhood bar where he knows I am," she explained.
But Mathers stopped short of explaining why her husband initiated the fray. The Macomb County prosecutor's office suggested that Eminem saw his wife engaged in a kiss with a man named John Guerra. The rapper then struck Guerra twice with an unloaded semiautomatic handgun. "Had he asked any questions before he flew off the handle," Mathers wrote, "he would have realized that everyone with me (both male and female) were only friends. The fact that he just jumped to conclusions has gotten him and myself in trouble."
Mathers, who refused to speak at her arraignment on Monday on charges of disturbing the peace, also had a plea of not guilty entered for her. The other two men arrested in the altercation were Eminem's friend Gary Kozlowski, who apparently picked up the weapon in question during the scuffle, and Robert Brown, who refused to disperse upon the police department's arrival. Kozlowski was not charged in the incident and Brown pleaded not guilty to disturbing the peace.
Calls to Eminem's attorney were unanswered at press time.
(June 8, 2000)
"We did authorize two felony charges against him," says prosecutor Carl Marlinga. "The first is assault with a dangerous weapon, alleging that he made an assault upon a fellow named John Guerra, but without the intent of committing the crime of murder or to inflict great bodily harm less than murder." The assault charge is a four-year felony in Michigan and could earn the rapper anything from probation to seventeen months in prison. Mathers is also accused of carrying a concealed weapon, a five-year felony that could lead to punishment from probation to twelve months in jail. Mathers will be arraigned Wednesday in the 37th District Court in Warren at 3:00 p.m.
Two of the four people arrested in the altercation were arraigned Monday afternoon. Kimberly Mathers, the rapper's wife, stood silently before Judge Susan Chrzanowsi until a not-guilty plea was entered for her. She was in court to answer to a misdemeanor charge of disturbing the peace. Also arraigned Monday was Robert Brown, who according to a source at the McComb county prosecutor's office refused to leave the club Sunday despite being ordered to do so by police. Brown pleaded not guilty to charges of disturbing the peace.
Eminem's spokesperson had no comment.
(June 7, 2000)
The incident apparently initiated when a crowd mobbed the rapper (a.k.a. Marshall Mathers) in the parking lot of Warren's Hot Rock's Café. A scuffle ensued and club security joined the fray, detaining one brawler with a weapon.
"We responded to a man with a gun call from the nightclub," says a spokesperson for the Warren Police Department. "All I can tell you is at the present time, the two people who were charged with carrying a concealed weapon were released. And the prosecutors here are reviewing the case and they will make a determination sometime this week as to whether they will charge either one with carrying a concealed weapon. We can't confirm or deny any rumors."
Two men were arrested for suspicion of carrying a concealed weapon and another man and a woman were nabbed for disorderly conduct. Warren P.D. refused comment on which charges applied to particular suspects.
"It's my understanding that the weapon that was found there was registered to [Mathers]," a source at the prosecutor's office says. "As to whether any charges will be against Mr. Mathers, we have to review that investigative report."
There was no comment from Eminem's attorney or Interscope Records at press time.
(June 5, 2000)