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Lil Wayne: Saved by the grill

AFTER rap star Lil Wayne spent months bidding farewell to his fans and his freedom, what loomed for him Tuesday was a dental chair, not a house of detention.

His sentencing in a weapons case was postponed so he could have dental surgery before going to jail.
Lil Wayne, one of music’s biggest sellers and rap’s hottest stars, is now due to be sentenced on March 2. His plea deal calls for a one-year term in a city jail, though good behavior could shave that to about eight months.
The rapper — who once told TV interviewer Jimmy Kimmel that his jewel-encrusted teeth had cost him $150 000 — said nothing at a brief court session. He left in a black SUV, flanked by fellow rapper Birdman and others.
Defense lawyer Stacey Richman said Lil Wayne was headed home to Miami for dental work Friday. She declined to specify his malady.
“It is a medical situation that, like (it would for) any of us, has to be addressed,” she said outside court.
She said the rapper had planned to take care of it before Tuesday but his dentist had been out of the country doing charitable work.
Lil Wayne (27) pleaded guilty last October to a charge of attempted criminal possession of a weapon, admitting he illegally had a loaded  40-calibre semiautomatic gun on his tour bus in July 2007. Police found the weapon when they stopped the bus after a Manhattan concert.
The sentence comes at the peak of the rapper’s career, which netted him the best-selling album of 2008, Tha Carter III, a nod to his real name, Dwayne Carter. –– AP.

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