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Chief Keef’s bad day: Pleads guilty, hit with second paternity suit — gets arrested again

Keith Cozart AKA Chief Keef arrives Cook County Juvenile Court 1100 S. Hamilton. Wednesday October 17 2012 | Brian Jackson~Sun-Times

Keith Cozart, AKA Chief Keef arrives at the Cook County Juvenile Court, 1100 S. Hamilton. Wednesday, October 17, 2012 | Brian Jackson~Sun-Times

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Updated: July 19, 2013 6:19AM



Chicago Police officers arrested rapper Chief Keef on Monday — just minutes after he was slapped with a second paternity case and pleaded guilty to a speeding charge.

His attorney, Leah Starkman, said Keef was arrested after leaving the Skokie courthouse.

“I went to my car and he went to his car,” Starkman said.

She said Keef’s car was stopped about three blocks from the courthouse and he was arrested.

“I got a frantic phone call and followed them down here,” Starkman said.

On Monday afternoon, Starkman said she was at the Grand Crossing police station near 71st and Cottage Grove where she was told her client was being processed on a misdemeanor trespassing charge.

Police said Keef was arrested at 12:25 p.m. Monday in connection with a trespassing complaint made on May 16. A security guard at the Parkway Gardens housing complex in the 6300 block of South Martin Luther King Drive told police Keef was on the property without permission. He was told repeatedly he was not welcome there, police said.

“It certainly looks like he is on their radar,” Starkman said of Keef’s repeated run-ins with law enforcement officials.

Later Monday afternoon, Keef emerged from the South Side police station. When reporters asked him whether he had a bad day, a smiling Keef said, “How do you think it went?” as he stepped into his BMW and drove away.

Earlier in the day, Keef — whose real name is Keith Cozart — pleaded guilty to driving 110 mph on the Edens Expy. in his black 2011 BMW on May 27. He was charged with speeding 40 mph over the limit — a misdemeanor.

Keef, who was driving on a learner’s permit when he was stopped in a 55 mph zone in Northfield, must pay a $531 fine, serve 18 months of probation, complete 60 hours of community service and undergo random drug tests.

Outside court Monday, Keef, 17, was served with a paternity lawsuit that was filed a week ago in Cook County Circuit Court. The plaintiff, 29-year-old Erica Early, claims Keef fathered her daughter, born on Jan. 28. The next hearing in the case is on Aug. 26.

Another paternity case was filed against Keef on Dec. 11 in Cook County Circuit Court.

The troubled teenager was most recently in the news for a cameo on Kanye West’s latest studio album “Yeezus.”

In 2012, Keef was sentenced to 18 months of probation for pointing a gun at a Chicago police officer. In January, he was placed in juvenile detention for 60 days for violating his probation when he handled a gun in a promotional video.

He also was recently arrested in Georgia on a marijuana possession charge.

Keef, who grew up in Englewood, currently lives in suburban Northbrook. He gained notoriety last year for a gloating tweet sent from his account after the slaying of a rival Chicago rapper.

Keef faces a court hearing on Wednesday in the child-support case filed last year.

The plaintiff in that case, 18-year-old Jasmine Woodford, has accused Keef of contempt for failing to pay the full amount of child support ordered in the case, said her attorney, George M. Sanders.

On April 17, a judge ordered the rapper to pay $2,600 a month in child support for their 1-1/2-year-old daughter, plus $500 a month for daycare, Sanders said. Keef owed $3,100 on May 17, but only paid $1,900 of that, Sanders said.



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