Fortune who rose to popularity with hit song ‘I Trust You’, accepted a plea deal on Tuesday to a third degree charge of assault. He was sentenced to 5 days in jail and five years on probation. In addition to this he must also serve 175 hours of community service, and stay away from his wife.
It has been widely reported and confirmed that James struck his wife with a wooden vanity stool, kicked her and threw her against the wall at their home in 2014.
His wife said the following. "I hope in all of this you get help. Serious help. Although this probation might be like a slap on the wrist, I hope you look at it as a moment to better yourself and change something within you for your future."
Fortune refused to comment as he walked out of court. His mother told Eyewitness News he is not guilty, but she would not elaborate on that claim.
It's the second time Fortune has pleaded guilty after hurting a family member. In 2002 he took a plea deal for six years of probation after burning his four-year-old son in hot water. Investigators said Fortune said it was a form of discipline. The boy was burned over 40 percent of his body.
Prosecutors say Fortune's wife agreed to the plea deal this time because she didn't want to put their three kids through the stresses of trial and the possibility of testifying against him.
Check out what Pastor White from the Tabernacle church in London thinks about the matter.