Originally created 09/10/04

Assault charges against Rapper Loon dismissed



BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- A judge has dismissed assault charges against rapper Loon, who was arrested in February after a security guard was stabbed outside a nightclub.

Superior Court Judge Richard Stone dismissed the case against the rapper, whose real name is Chauncey Hawkins, at a preliminary hearing.

District attorney's office spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons said neither the victim nor a witness could identify the attacker.

Hawkins, 29, was charged with assault with a deadly weapon following the incident outside the House of Blues in West Hollywood. He posted $1 million bail.

Loon is signed on P. Diddy's Bad Boy label and released his first album, "Loon," last year.

Also dismissed Wednesday were assault charges against two acquaintances, William Reyes, 23, and Teon Tanqueray, 27.

Authorities said the 32-year-old security guard was wounded Feb. 13 after he refused to let the three men into a party for Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz.