Rapper Rick Ross pleads no contest in kidnapping, assault case

The rapper pleaded no contest in front of a judge on Tuesday.

FAYETTE COUNTY, Ga. -- Rapper Rick Ross is now on probation after pleading no contest to five misdemeanor charges in a kidnapping and assault case.

The rapper, whose real name is William Roberts, appeared in court before a Fayette County judge Tuesday. 

As part of his plea deal, Roberts will be on probation for five years, and will have to call to check in, according to the 41-year-old's attorney, Steve Sadow. However, Sadow said Roberts will not have any travel restrictions. 

The plea comes after the rapper and his bodyguard Nadrian James were accused in June 2015 of attacking a grounds keeper at his Fayette County estate on Old National Highway, though Roberts maintains that he was defending himself. 

At the time, both men were charged with two counts of kidnapping, seven counts of aggravated assault and three counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. Both were taken into custody and booked into the Fayette County Jail.

Roberts was released on bond in early July 2015 and placed on house arrest. James was also released on bond and placed on house arrest in August 2015.

A civil case against Roberts is still pending.

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