Love & Hip Hop New York star Mandeecees Harris found himself in the news after jury selection in a s-x assault case in New Jersey took place yesterday. Harris was accused of fondling and m0lesting a teenaged girl in his old home in the town of Lodi in 2011.
A report from NorthJersey.com revealed that Bergen County prosecutors in Hackensack have alleged that Harris, 34, requested and received oral s-x from the then 15-year-old and also fondled her on several occasions between September 2009 and April 2010. Harris was arrested in 2010, charged with aggravated s-xual assault, child endangerment and criminal s-xual conduct. He faces up to 20 years if a jury finds him guilty.
Harris has been free without bail since the charges came about, and he was not present in New Jersey Superior Court yesterday. The court was slated to have the full panel of jurors in for today with opening remarks from the attorneys to take place on January 29.
Harris joined the cast of the popular VH1 reality series this year, which lists his achievements in the music industry as owning Bronx-based recording studio Beat Factory and real estate investments. Harris is the romantic partner of fellow Love & Hip Hop co-star Yandy Smith. The couple has one child together.