One day after a Houston grand jury cleared Z-Ro of criminal aggravated assault charges, TMZ is reporting that the Harris County district attorney Kim Ogg's office has decided to charge the 40-year-old rapper with a misdemeanor assault charge instead. If convicted, he could face up to a year in jail.
According to the report, the DA walked into a Harris County courtroom on Wednesday to file a charge of assault on a family member, a Class A misdemeanor, against Z-Ro in the wake of an April 2017 incident involving he and then-girlfriend Just Brittany.
Ro's attorney, Charles Adams, said he was shocked at the new charge because a grand jury felt that Z-Ro should not have been charged with a felony or a misdemeanor. He told TMZ, "I have to assume this is a result of the media grandstanding of [Brittany's] California counsel and we will continue to vigorously defend him in criminal and civil court."
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Brittany has retained high profile civil attorney Lisa Bloom to represent her in the case. Bloom, a known celebrity lawyer, has spent the summer of 2017 representing Blac Chyna in her case against former fianceé Rob Kardashian as well as one of the women who reportedly contracted a sexually transmitted disease from R&B singer Usher.
Proud to stand by my client Just Brittany in her assault case against Z-Ro. Today's hearing was continued, we fight on tomorrow in court. pic.twitter.com/elDfYnVOjL— Lisa Bloom (@LisaBloom) October 12, 2017
On her Twitter account, Bloom wrote, “Proud to announce I represent singer and songwriter Just Brittany in her domestic violence case against Z-Ro.”
On Thursday, Bloom and Brittany walked out of a Houston courtroom and posed for photos after winning an injunction against the "Mo City Don" rapper. The court ordered that Ro must stay away from the Signed artist for up to two years.