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Thursday, July 29, 2004
Anthony Anderson Faces Rape Charges

Anthony Anderson's made a living as one of Hollywood's funniest go-to guys in films like "Barbershop" and "Scary Movie 3." But there were no smiles from the funnyman on Thursday when he was arraigned in Memphis, Tenn., on one count of aggravated rape, following an incident Tuesday on the set of his new movie, "Hustle and Flow."

Police say the alleged attack occurred on Tuesday. A passerby allegedly heard screams coming from Anderson's trailer on the set of his movie and opened the door. According to the sheriff's statements, a naked woman ran out of the trailer, claiming Anderson and the film's assistant director assaulted her with their hands and took pictures of her while she was nude.

The District Attorney, "Felt it was appropriate to charge these two individuals with aggravated rape after reviewing all the details of the case." According to the DA, "The standard sentence for a Class A felony is 15 to 25 years with no parole. Aggravated rape is a Class A felony."

Today, a spokesman for the actor issued a statement denying the charges and calling Anderson a happily married family man who has never been accused of -- much less involved in -- anything remotely like this.

Anderson, who's also starred in films such as "Kangaroo Jack" and "Agent Cody Banks 2," recently told "Extra" how his success has allowed him to keep his family close. "My wife and my children travel with me for the most part, when they can, so that's what we do," he had said.

Now, with allegations that could jeopardize his career and freedom, Anderson is getting ready for the battle of his life. If convicted, he could face 15 to 25 years in prison.

For the latest on Anthony Anderson and his battle with the law, tune into Thursday's edition of "Extra."

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