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Big Sean Arraigned in Sexual Assault Case

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Rapper Big Sean appeared in a Lewiston, N.Y., courthouse on Tuesday for his arraignment (via Buffalo News) on charges that he and his accomplice, Willie Antonio Hansbro, allegedly sexual assaulted a 17-year-old female concert goer.

Both men are accused with third-degree sexual abuse, forcible touching and second-degree unlawful imprisonment, stemming from an Aug. 4 incident at a concert in upstate New York. Sean, 23, and Hansbro have proclaimed their innocence in the case.

Deputy District Attorney Holly E. Sloma asked Judge Hugh C. Gee Sr. to impose a gag order on the case, “due to its sensitive nature and age of the victim.” She also stated that a grand jury has been scheduled and would automatically move the felony case to Niagara County Court if Sean and Hansbro are indicted.

Judge Gee said he would allow for the District Attorney’s Office to file a request for a gag order. However, Hansbro’s lawyer, Mark J. Mahoney, did object to a gag order on First Amendment grounds. “It’s not that we want to try the case in the media,” he said.

The judge ordered that Sean and Hansbro return to court for another hearing on Oct. 11 in Lewiston. Sean’s attorney, Scott E. Leemon, had no comment on the matter.

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