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Obscure rapper Jamal Woolard—stage name Gravy—seemed destined for the big time when Voletta Wallace selected him to play her son, Christopher, aka The Notorious B.I.G., in the new biopic Notorious.
But a thumbs-up from a hip-hop icon's mother isn't the only thing the newcomer has in common with Biggie.
In addition to an ability to spit rhymes, Woolard, 33, was famously shot in the bum outside a New York radio station. Now, he can add a domestic violence dispute to that rap sheet.
Woolard was arrested on Sept. 14 and charged with misdemeanor assault, menacing and harassment, allegedly stemming from an altercation with his wife, Trina Younger.
The New York Post reports that Woolard slapped Younger in their East New York home during an early-morning argument because he came home late.
According to the police report, Younger dared her husband of seven months to hit her, and he accepted responsibility, allegedly saying, "She wouldn't stop pushing me, so I snuffed her."
"I know he wouldn't hit her," said Roslyn Younger, the actor's mother-in-law who stayed with the newlyweds for several weeks while Notorious filmed. "He's not like that. Most definitely, they have a good relationship. That's impossible. I think it's made up. He's a loving husband and I never heard of anything like that before in my life."
The clashing couple aer due in court on Jan. 29.