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Beanie Sigel posts $1 million bond, enters rehab. Judge allows rapper to leave jail and undergo treatment while awaiting federal gun charges

Apparently, Beanie Sigel has some issues. Jailed since mid-July on federal gun and drug charges, the rapper successfully petitioned to be released on $1 million bond on Thursday in order to attend a residential treatment program for substance abuse and anger management while he awaits trial, the Associated Press reports.

The Jay-Z protégé (real name: Dwight Grant) has had several run-ins with the law in his hometown of Philadelphia this year, including charges of punching a man outside a restaurant in January and allegedly shooting a man outside a nightclub in early July. (He was scheduled for a pretrial hearing on Friday for the attempted murder charge.) The federal charges stem from an April traffic stop, in which he allegedly tossed a semiautomatic pistol from his Cadillac, prompting a police search of the car in which officers said they found a stash of prescription pain killers, two large bottles of cough syrup, and a small bag of pot.

Prosecutors argued against releasing Sigel into the four-week program, calling him a flight risk and a danger to the community. '' I don't see how 28 days of treatment in the life of Beanie Sigel is enough to stamp out 29 years of being Dwight Grant,'' assistant U.S. attorney Curtis Douglas argued. Sigel, whose incarceration sidelined him from most of this summer's Rock the Mic tour of fellow Roc-A-Fella labelmates, says he plans to use his freedom to complete his album ''The Becoming.'' First, however, he has to complete rehab. ''He's going to receive treatment for drugs and alcohol as well as anger management,'' said his lawyer, Fortunato Perri Jr., ''and I think that will help him to get a better handle on those issues.''

Originally posted Sep 05, 2003