Update: Jim Jones Assault Trial Pushed Back To June
Jim Jones made a scheduled court appearance yesterday (April 21) in his misdemeanor assault case involving Ne-Yo’s manager, Javon Smith, with Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Felicia Mennin adjourning the case until June 4th.
The move comes after Jones refused a plea deal during his last appearance on March 24th—the same day his most recent album, Pray IV Reign, hit stores. Jones’ lawyer Scott Leemon was dismissive over the possibility of a bargain being reached, telling XXLmag.com, “I always listen but at this point we’re preparing for trial.”
Leemon also reiterated his doubts over the legitimacy of the accusations made by Javon Smith, the victim in the case. “There were no injuries here and this is all revolving around an alleged civil suit that was filed,” said Leemon. “From what I understand from media reports, the plaintiff is seeking somewhere in the vicinity of millions and millions of dollars. So, I think that criminal action is brought to set up the civil suit.”
As XXLMag.com previously reported, the case stems from an alleged altercation last December between the two men in the 5th Avenue Louis Vuitton store. Smith is suing Jones for $7 million due to the pain he claims to have suffered from the incident. - Devin Chanda