NY judge dismisses charges against Foxy Brown

NEW YORK (AP) — A judge on Tuesday dropped charges that rapper Foxy Brown violated a court order by mooning her neighbor.

State Supreme Court Justice John Walsh dismissed the case against Brown, whose real name is Inga Marchand. She had pleaded not guilty to criminal contempt.

Prosecutors said Brown violated the order in July 2010 by screaming at neighbor Arlene Raymond before bending over, baring her buttocks and showing her underwear while shouting an obscenity.

Brown, 31, was issued the order of protection after pleading guilty in 2008 to menacing Raymond with her cellphone. The two had been in a dispute over Brown blasting her car stereo outside their Brooklyn building.

The Brooklyn-based rapper was a teenager when she broke onto the rap scene as a protege of Jay-Z.

She became one of rap’s more popular stars in the 1990s, but in recent years she has stayed in the headlines mainly for her legal problems and hot temper. She also has said she suffered from hearing problems.

Her debut CD, “Ill Na Na,” was released in 1996. She released her platinum-selling sophomore album, “Chyna Doll,” in 1999. Her third album, “Broken Silence,” — released in 2001 — reached gold status.

She rapped in the hip-hop group The Firm, which also featured Nas.

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