On June 23, Drake pleaded guilty on Zoom to attempted child endangerment, a fourth-degree felony, and disseminating matter harmful to juveniles, a first-degree misdemeanor. On June 3, he had been taken into custody by Cleveland police and charged with both counts, to which he initially pleaded not guilty.
“Today I accept this plea because my conduct was wrong,” Drake shared during the July 12 sentencing hearing, per NBC News. “I’m sorry that the victim was harmed in any way—that was obviously not my intention. I have taken this matter very, very seriously, and again I just want to apologize to her and anyone else who may have been affected by my actions.”
At the time of Drake’s arrest, the Cuyahoga Prosecutor’s Office had stated that a then-15-year-old girl filed a report with Toronto police in October 2018 stemming from an alleged 2017 incident at a Cleveland nightclub involving herself and the star.
According to the Prosecutor’s Office, an investigation showed that Drake had sent “inappropriate social media messages” in the months preceding the concert, which followed a relationship that had been established several years prior between the two individuals.
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