Insane Clown Posse Plead Guilty

plead guilty

Posted Jun 11, 1998 12:00 AM

The controversial rap duo Insane Clown Posse pleaded guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct charges in an Indiana court on June 4. |

Violent J (a k a Joseph Bruce) and Shaggy 2 Dope (a k a Joseph Utsler) were both fined $200 for the charges brought against them late last January. The Posse, known for their shocking lyrics and carnival-like stage setup, were arrested and charged with battery in Greenfield, Ind., after fighting with a customer in a local Waffle House restaurant. The battery charges were later reduced to disorderly conduct, Bob Elsea of the Hancock County Prosecutor's Office, told JAMTV on Wednesday.

As previously reported, the fight broke out after 18-year-old Douglas Jordan allegedly verbally harassed the group and threw a punch at Violent J. Eight other men -- members of the groups Twizted, Myzery and Psycho Realm -- were also involved in the fight and charged with battery. Only two of those men, Jamie Spaniolo and Thomas Cox, appeared in court with the Insane Clown Posse. A Sept. 16 hearing is set for the other six men, who are currently on tour and couldn't return to Indiana on June 4, Elsea said.

The Insane Clown Posse recently completed a European tour and will kick off a 40-city North American tour in August, a band spokesman said. Their first major label album, The Great Milenko, has been in the charts for the last 24 weeks and currently sits at No. 151. They will release a collection of b-sides, titled Forgotten Freshness, in August on Island Records. The Posse will follow that album with a CD of all-new material in November. (Ari Bendersky)