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Tupac Assault Trial Verdcit
In 1993, Tupac and two friends were accused of holding a woman down as a fourth man sexually assaulted her in a New York City hotel room. Shakur was facing up to 29 years in prison if convicted; he was also facing accounts of aggravated assault stemming from allegedly shooting and wounding two off-duty police officers from an earlier incident. On top of that, Pac faced assault charges for slapping a female fan that allegedly was asking for an autograph. In November 1994, shortly before the verdict of this enormously important rape case, Tupac was shot five times and robbed at the Quad Recording Studios in Manhattan. Days later, he rolled through the courthouse in a wheelchair and was found guilty on three counts of assault. Tupac was sentenced to one-and-a-half to four-and-a-half years in prison on sexual an assault charge. After nearly a year in the pen, his bail of almost a million and a half dollars was posted by Death Row CEO Suge Knight, and Makaveli consequently agreed to release three albums on the label. If Pac had been sentenced to 29 years, or if he never became affiliated with Death Row, things in hip-hop in subsequent years could have been very different.

2Pac “Ambitionz Az a Ridah”

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