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Big Sean settles sexual assault case in New York

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Detroit rapper Big Sean has accepted a plea deal in a sexual assault case in New York.

The MC, real name Sean Anderson, plead guilty to a reduced charge unlawful imprisonment, which carries a $750 fine, in exchange for the dismissal of charges of third degree sexual abuse and forcible touching. Fellow rapper Willie Antonio "Sayitainttone" Hansbro received the same deal from the Niagra County District Attorney's Office.

The two men were accused of the assault by a 17-year-old girl, who told police the incident took place after a concert in Buffalo. Big Sean, 23 -- whose debut album, "Finally Famous," debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart after its late June release -- had denied the charges during a previous court appearance.

"Mr. Anderson regrets any misunderstandings that occurred that day and reiterates he did not engage in any type of sexual misconduct," the rapper's attorney Scott Leemon told XXLMag.com.

Before a September performance at Oakland University, Big Sean said that the incident has been a learning experience.

"I want to be a role model, man," he explained. "I want to be an example of following your dreams and to keep inspiring people. I'm ready for that responsibility...But I want to be a human role model. Humans make mistakes. Mistakes can be the greatest teacher sometimes -- the power to creatively respond to your situation. That's what I'm learning. I want to learn and teach at the same time."

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