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ODB Pleaded Not Guilty - 11/30/98
Wu-Tang Clan rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a felony charge of making a terrorist threat against his ex-girlfriend, according to a court clerk.

Meanwhile, the prosecution in the case is looking into trying to prove that the 29-year-old ODB has shown a history of threatening behavior, dating from his September arrest for allegedly terrorizing security guards at the West Hollywood, Calif., House of Blues.

"At this point, what we have alleged seems to show a pattern of threats on [ODB's] part, but I would hate to say anything further and risk prejudice on either side," said Nicole Flood, the deputy district attorney handling the case, after Tuesday's (Dec. 1) hearing at Compton, Calif.'s Lynwood Municipal Court. "I would just say that the charges appear to be the same kind of conduct."

Accused of threatening to kill his former girlfriend, who is also the mother of his 1-year-old child, the beleaguered ODB (born Russell Tyrone Jones) was arrested Nov. 5 after allegedly trying to scale the security wall of her workplace. The next hearing in the case has been set for Dec 18.

The felony charge, which carries a penalty of up to three years in prison, is the fourth such charge against ODB in the past few months.

Flood said she plans to submit a request to the court to transfer the case to Beverly Hills, Calif., so it may be tried with prior terrorist-threat charges against the rapper. Those charges stem from a September arrest in which ODB allegedly threatened to kill security guards at the House of Blues after being ejected from the nightclub for raucous behavior.

In the case involving ODB's former girlfriend, the rapper was arrested after he called the alleged victim and told her he was coming to her workplace in Carson, Calif., to kill her, police said. Responding to a call placed by the woman, police said they found ODB attempting to scale the security wall at the site.

ODB was not carrying any weapons at the time of his arrest, according to police. He spent the night in the Twin Towers Correctional Facility and was released the next day on $500,000 bail.

In the separate House of Blues case, the next court date is scheduled for Dec. 21 in Beverly Hills, when a report detailing ODB's full criminal history will be presented to the court. Witnesses in the alleged incident, including the club security guards whom ODB allegedly threatened, are expected to take the stand on that date.

Also to be considered at the Dec. 21 court date is a separate charge for driving without a license. ODB picked up that charge in October, just hours after clearing his name in a similar case, in which he convinced a judge he had been mistaken for fellow Wu-Tang Clan member RZA.

Meanwhile, ODB remains a wanted man in Virginia after failing to appear on charges that he shoplifted a $50 pair of tennis shoes July 4. Three warrants for his arrest in that case are still outstanding.

The nine-member Wu-Tang Clan are considered to be among the most revolutionary rap outfits of the '90s. With their murky and menacing mix of hardcore beats, piano and minimal samples, the Clan's dark, orchestral sound has fueled such hit singles as "C.R.E.A.M."

ODB released his solo debut, Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version, in 1995, scoring such hits as "Brooklyn Zoo" and "Shimmy Shimmy Ya." He currently is working on his second solo album, which he said will include a collaboration with pop queen Madonna.  

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