Jay-Z, photographed in handcuffs outside the NYPD’s Midtown South precinct after he had turned himself in and was arrested on December 3, 1999.
The previous night, while attending a release party for Q-Tip’s debut solo album Amplified at Manhattan’s Kit Kat Klub, Hov allegedly stabbed record executive Lance “Un” Rivera in the stomach and the back. The rumor was that rampant bootlegging of his upcoming album Vol. 3… Life and Times of S. Carter was traced back to Rivera. The attack happened less than two hours after he had performed six songs from the album at a music industry listening party at the Irving Plaza.
Hov was charged with two counts of first-degree assault and two counts of second-degree assault. He was arraigned at 2:30 AM and freed after posting a $50,000 bail. Roc-a-Fella Records and Def Jam Records released a statement saying: “Jay-Z absolutely denies any allegations that he was involved in the incident.”
In October 2001 Hov pleaded guilty to a charge of third-degree assault, and was sentenced to three years probation on December 6. During that time he was not permitted to leave New York without his probation officer’s permission. Before the plea, he was facing up to 15 years in jail on charges of felony assault in the second degree if found guilty at trial. Rivera had drafted a civil suit against Jay following his arrest, but didn’t file it after they settled the matter out of court for between $500,000 to $1 million.