True Master, a long time Wu-Tang producer, was arrested on sexual assault charges on Wednesday, September 14 after somehow escaping police custody they night before. The producer is accused of beating and sexually assaulting a 43-year-old female acquaintance. True Master, whose real name is Derick Harris, is being held on $250,000 bond and being charged with criminal sex act, sex abuse, attempted rape, unlawful imprisonment and marijuana possession. Read more after the jump.
Longtime Wu-Tang Clan producer True Master — not pictured in the photo above — reportedly escaped NYPD custody at the Manhattan courthouse early Wednesday morning (Sept. 14), after allegedly beating and sexually assaulting a woman, only to be arrested again at his Harlem apartment hours later.
The 41-year-old RZA-protégé, who helmed early Wu-Tang classics like Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s ‘Brooklyn Zoo’ and Ghostface’s ‘Fish,’ was initially arrested on Tuesday night (Sept. 13), and charged with sexually assaulting and brutally beating a 43-year-old female “acquaintance.”
True Master, born Derick Harris, was ordered to be held on $250,000 bond for a criminal sex act, sex abuse, attempted rape, unlawful imprisonment and marijuana possession. However, he mysteriously escaped during the custody hand-off from the NYPD to the Department of Corrections at 100 Centre St., and disappeared into the night at around 1:15AM on Tuesday.
Harris managed to evade surveillance cameras placed at the public exits, so he must have escaped through a secure area, a court source told DNAinfo. Police had no comment as to how he “escaped from jakes, giving chase.”
Six hours later, a reported 20 police officers surrounded his apartment on 120th St. in New York City, near Columbia University, where Harris was once again cuffed and returned to the courthouse, and charged with additional counts of felony escape and harassment, after spitting on a police officer. He is currently being held at the Manhattan Detention Center without bail.
“There were helicopters zooming and police everywhere,” a neighbor told DNAinfo.
Described by his neighbors as a “nice, regular guy,” and a “ladies man,” Harris has 13 arrests and four felony convictions for weapons and drugs.
True Master started his career under the tutelage of Gang Starr’s Guru, rapping and producing on Guru’s ‘Jazzmatazz, Vol. 2,’ before apprenticing with RZA, who was a huge stylistic influence, and helped him to polish his sound.
The producer went on to contribute heavily underrated production work on the Wu-Tang’s ‘Wu-Tang Forever’ and ‘Iron Flag,’ as well as seminal Wu solo debuts, like Ghostface’s ‘Ironman,’ O.D.B’s ‘Return to the 36 Chambers,’ Capadonna’s ‘The Pillage, Killah Priest’s ‘Heavy Mental,’ Inspectah Deck’s ‘Uncontrolled Substance’ and more. He has continued to produce for the Wu — although he did sue them in 2006 — and also helmed an entire album with KRS-One, entitled ‘Meta-Historical, in 2010.