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Foxy Brown sentenced to 3 years probation
Foxy Brown was sentenced on Tuesday to three years probation and anger management classes for assaulting two nail salon stylists over a $20 manicure. During her hearing, the 28-year-old singer asked that the guilty plea she entered in August be withdrawn, all while battling a wardrobe malfunction, according to the New York Post. While trying to change her plea, the report said Foxy had to use a scarf to block an exposed nipple. "I feel I am innocent. I feel I was coerced. I want to take back my guilty plea," she said. But the request was denied by Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Melissa Jackson. Brown, whose real name is Inga Marchand, must submit a sample of her DNA and undergo periodic drug testing, and was ordered to stay away from the manicurists for the next five years. She had been facing up to a year in jail if she failed to show up to court Tuesday. On Monday, the judge was angered when Brown failed to appear, claiming she was recovering from a tooth extraction. Her lawyer Franklin Rothman had earlier asked the judge if he could change Brown's plea. "This defendant had no clue what was going on when she pleaded guilty. What is more is that she protested her innocence at the time," Rothman said. The attorney claimed that medical records showed there were no visible marks on either victim after the August 29, 2004, incident. "This was self defense. This was a scuffle over payment of a $20 manicure and she panicked," said Rothman, one of several lawyers to represent the singer. "She had bad advice two months ago" when she pleaded guilty. His request was also denied. Outside court, Brown said that she would still beat the charges. "I'm a fighter," she said." I have an impressible spirit and an abiding faith in God. I believe that I will walk free."
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