The man who allegedly punched Dre in the face at the Vibe Awards, sparking a melee at the 15 November (04) ceremony, has pleaded not guilty to assault. Johnson, whom authorities believe attacked the rap veteran after he refused to sign an autograph, remains in custody after the Monday arraignment, on a parole violation connected to a previous charge of armed robbery. He is due back in court 26 January (05), when a date for a preliminary hearing will be set.
Meanwhile, Young Buck, who has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly stabbing Johnson, will be arraigned on Friday (Jan, 14). He faces up to eight years in prison if convicted.