The 55-year-old rapper pleaded guilty Monday to reduced charges and was sentenced to probation and continued counseling in a Las Vegas domestic violence case involving the teenage son of his longtime girlfriend, The Associated Press reports.
The TV personality, whose legal name is William Jonathan Drayton Jr., acknowledged he wielded a knife during an Oct. 17, 2012, argument at home in Las Vegas. The teen testified during a hearing a year ago that Flav threatened to kill him.
The family has since reconciled and has been undergoing counseling, Flav’s attorney told a judge Monday.
The teen, now 18, and his mother were not in court when Flav pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of attempted battery. He had been facing charges of felony assault and child endangerment with a weapon that could have gotten him 12 years in prison. The judge set an Aug. 18 court appearance to close the case if Flav completes counseling.
Outside court, Flav — who was inducted last year with rap group Public Enemy into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame — said he doesn’t expect the conviction to affect a pending felony case of speeding and driving without a license in Mineola, N.Y.
“I’m standing here in front of the camera,” he said, “not behind bars.”