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West coast rapper The Game is facing the possibility of up to three years in prison because of his alleged assault on an off-duty police officer during a game of pickup basketball.

On June 29, Game appeared in court to face charges regarding the altercation between him and the officer, which occurred in March. He and the off-duty police officer were on opposing teams during the basketball game when Game allegedly took offense to a foul called against him and got into an argument with the officer, punched him and threatened to kill him – unaware that he was an officer.

The 35-year-old Compton native, whose name is Jayceon Terrell Taylor, faces one felony count of making criminal threats and one misdemeanor count of assault and battery that could land him in jail for three years if convicted. He pleaded not guilty to the charges and was released on $50,000 bail. He is due back in court July 30.

The charges come two weeks after a Los Angeles Superior Court judge ordered Game to pay $200,627 to Karen Moore, a former nanny, for defamation and inflicting emotional distress.

Moore claimed that in June 2013, Game published false statements about her on social media, which damaged her reputation and caused her to lose work. At the time, he urged his roughly 1.1 million Twitter followers and 1.2 million Instagram followers, “Don’t let anymore children become her victim.” His comments were republished by 17 other websites, according to court documents.

Moore received death threats and was fired from a job. She said she was “ostracized in the industry.” Because of the online harassment, she sought therapy for depression, experienced mood swings and took medication.

In related news, The Game recently chatted with The Final Call about the Black Lives Matter movement, saying: “I think Black lives matter. I think all lives matter. God put us all here …put us all down here and we just haven’t … all these years that humans have existed on the Earth, we still haven’t figured out how to balance peace and love. I think that’ll be the ongoing struggle not only for Black people but for everybody—the human race.”

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