LATEST: Rapper Young Buck was charged today (20DEC04) with stabbing a fellow performer in a dispute which led to a melee at last month's (NOV04) Vibe AWARDS.

The G-Unit member, real name DAVID DARNELL BROWN, attacked rapper JIMMY JAMES JOHNSON after Johnson was refused an autograph by Dr Dre and then punched the rap veteran in the face, say prosecutors.

Dre, real name ANDRE YOUNG, was waiting to receive a lifetime achievement award from Snoop Dogg and Quincy Jones at the 15 November (04) ceremony in Santa Monica, California, but was caught up in the brawl before taking to the stage.

The dispute set off a chair-throwing brawl which spread through the audience of about 1,000, but did not halt the ceremony.

Johnson was arrested and remains in custody on a suspected parole violation, say prosecutors.

Young Buck, 23, faces up to eight years in prison if convicted of the charges filed today. He remains free on $500,000 (GBP263,157) bail and is set to be arraigned later today.

20/12/2004 21:16