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Webster Gradney Jr.

Rapper Webster "Webbie" Gradney Jr.'s arraignment on felony and misdemeanor charges stemming from a July incident in which he was accused of beating his girlfriend in a Baton Rouge hotel was postponed Wednesday for a second time.

Gradney, 32, was not in state District Judge Lou Daniel's courtroom when his arraignment was pushed back to March 28, and the East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney's Office did not object to the delay.

Gradney's attorney, former prosecutor Beau Brock, said afterward he is communicating with the District Attorney's Office and has given information to the office that he turned up in his investigation of the matter.

"We have continued discussions with the victim in this matter and are working to ensure both victim safety and accountability," District Attorney Hillar Moore III said in an email statement. "Our office has provided full discovery to the defense. We are working toward a just resolution based on the facts and evidence."

Gradney, a Baton Rouge native who lives in Georgia, allegedly fractured his girlfriend's nose during a fight at the Comfort Inn on Constitution Avenue and held her against her will. The woman told police Gradney beat her with an open and closed fist, as well as a belt, an arrest report says.

Gradney's arrest warrant also says he stole the women's cellphone and damaged the hotel room where they were staying.

He is charged with aggravated battery, a felony, and misdemeanor counts of false imprisonment, theft and simple criminal damage to property.

His previously scheduled Nov. 27 arraignment was continued as well on a joint motion from the defense and state.

Gradney's first studio album, "Savage Life," debuted at No. 8 in 2005 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart. The lead single from that album, "Give Me That," was a Top 10 hit on the national rap and R&B charts.

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