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Rapper Remy Ma arraigned for punching reality TV star


Rapper Remy Ma arraigned for punching reality TV star
Remy Ma appears in Manhattan Criminal Court Friday in New York. Ma is accused of assaulting a woman inside Irving Plaza. (Alec Tabak/for New York Daily News)

Rapper Remy Ma was arraigned Friday on charges she punched reality show star Brittney Taylor in the face during a cancer benefit at Irving Plaza in April.

Ma told reporters she wasn’t looking forward to her trial, which is slated to begin July 12, and then took a veiled swipe at her accuser.

“No, who looks forward to going to trial? I have things to do in my life — like, I have a real job, I have a family, I have a husband, I have a daughter,” she said.

“You guys should probably Google the people that you guys are calling ‘stars,’ and that you guys are, you know, giving credibility to. Look into them.”

The dust-up between Ma, whose real name is Remy Smith, took place Aug. 16, when according to Taylor, she told Ma she had intervened on behalf of Ma’s daughter with an abusive man.

Rapper Remy Ma arraigned for punching reality TV star
Brittney Taylor is accusing rapper Remy Ma of assaulting her at a benefit concert. She's pictured in Brooklyn on April 19. (Shawn Inglima/for New York Daily News)

Ma, 38, allegedly socked Taylor, a star of Love and Hip Hop New York, leaving her with a black eye. Taylor, 27, did not report the incident until two days later. Cops finally arrested Ma earlier this month. She remains free on parole until August for shooting a Bronx woman and wounding her.

Prosecutor Juan Maldonado offered Smith the opportunity to plead to assault in exchange for anger management classes and no jail time but the offer was rejected.

She’s currently charged with assault in the third, aggravated harassment in the second and harassment in the second, all misdemeanors.

Rapper Remy Ma arraigned for punching reality TV star
Remy Ma appears in Manhattan Criminal Court on Friday. (Alec Tabak/for New York Daily News)

Wearing a white blazer and white stilettos with black suit pants, Ma appeared unfazed walking in and out of her court appearance.

Prosecutors initially charged Smith with assaulting Taylor about 9:30 PM in music club — when Smith’s lawyer says she was at home with her baby. On Friday they change the time to allege the incident happened an hour later at 10:30 PM.

Smith’s attorney Dawn Florio brought up posts Taylor has made on social media about her bipolar and depression.

“I would ask the people to inquire whether Ms. Taylor is under any psychiatric treatment,” she said.

Taylor’s attorney declined to comment on her mental health.

“We continue to have confidence in the Manhattan DA’s office to present this case at trial and my client continues to fully cooperate with the prosecutors," attorney Sanford Rubenstein said.


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