This Nov. 29, 2013 file photo shows, Jayceon Terrell Taylor aka The Game, at his Private Black Friday Birthday Dinner at Philippe in Beverly Hills, Calif. Taylor, pleaded not guilty on Monday, Dec. 21, 2015, to charges that he punched and threatened an off-duty Los Angeles police officer during a pickup basketball game in March. (Photo by Arnold Turner/Invision/AP, File)
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rapper The Game has pleaded not guilty to charges filed after he was accused of punching and threatening an off-duty police officer during a basketball game.
The rapper, whose real name is Jayceon Taylor, entered the plea Monday in a Los Angeles courtroom.
Taylor was charged in June with one felony count of making criminal threats and a misdemeanor assault and battery charge over the altercation that occurred in March.
Los Angeles police officer Onyebuchi Awaji testified at a hearing earlier this month that Taylor threatened to kill him after punching him during the game after an intentional foul.
A judge ruled there was sufficient evidence for Taylor to stand trial on the charges. No trial date has been set and the 36-year-old is set to return to court on Jan. 11.