Lil Twist, the rapper best known as the sidekick of Justin Bieber, has been sentenced to a year in prison after he pleaded guilty to assault.
The 23-year-old rapper was sentenced Wednesday by a court in Los Angeles.
Guilty of assault
He acknowledged that he beat up fellow artist and former child star Chris Massey two years ago. The incident happened at the Los Angeles apartment of the victim’s brother, Kyle Massey.
Chris Massey had asked Lil Twist to leave a party and he returned half an hour later with four others as Lil Twist subdued him. He kicked him and pummeled him with brass knuckles, prosecutors said.
Lil Twist, whose real name is Christopher Moore, pleaded guilty in court to five counts including assault and robbery.
To serve one year in jail
He was then given one year in prison, avoiding a longer term if he went to trial, the Los Angeles district attorney’s office said.
Lil Twist had until recently been a constant presence around Bieber. He frequently appeared at parties with the onetime teenage star who became notorious for his legal run-ins.
In the past
In 2013, Twist was pulled over and arrested for driving under the influence while driving the Canadian singer’s Ferrari.
While best known on the celebrity circuit, Lil Twist is signed to rapper Lil Wayne’s label Young Money.
Lil Twist’s songs include “Twerk,” which features both Bieber and Miley Cyrus.