Rapper Foxy Brown Goes on Trial in July Over Assault Charges

Rapper Foxy Brown, accused of assaulting two nail salon workers in a fight over payment for a manicure, will go on trial in July, a judge said Friday.

Brown, 26, whose real name is Inga Marchand, appeared before Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Gerald Harris wearing her hair in two long pigtails, brown knee-length pants, stiletto heels and a clinging T-shirt with a tiger image.

Harris set a hearing and trial date for July 17, and extended orders of protection for the nail salon workers.

Brown is charged with misdemeanor assault in the Aug. 29, 2004, incident. Prosecutors allege she kicked one worker and hit the other in the face.

During her last court appearance in December, Brown was to have entered a guilty plea to a misdemeanor. But the session was derailed when the judge accused the rapper of disrespect and making faces at her.

Judge Melissa Jackson said Brown could either apologize or serve up to 30 days in jail. Brown apologized, but did not enter the plea. Assistant District Attorney Gary Galperin had said the statement was legally and factually flawed, and indicated that Brown had not accepted enough blame for the nail salon fracas.

Last September, another female gangsta rapper, Lil' Kim, began a 366-day sentence in a federal detention center in Philadelphia for lying to a grand jury investigating a 2001 shootout involving members of her entourage and a clique loyal to Brown, her archenemy.