Aaronesia Christophe, who was charged with attempted murder for stabbing Solange Knowles’ friend and business partner Armina Mussa, entered a plea of no contest to a misdemeanor charge of aggravated assault in a deal with Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office – according to a new report.
After the hearing, Aaronesia Christophe and her attorney, Ike Spears, stated that the reason she agreed to the deal was only to avoid a trial and a possible 10- to 50-year prison sentence if she were found guilty as charged.
The incident went down last year in New Orleans. Christophe says she attacked and slashed Armina Mussa in self-defense. She alleges that Mussa confronted her in a St. Roch-area parking. Christophe said Mussa grabbed her hair, pulled her down and started beating her.
She also accused Cannizzaro’s office of pursuing the attempted murder charge because they were pressured Solange Knowles.
Christophe entered her no-contest plea following a meeting with Cannizzaro in the chambers of Criminal District Court Judge Karen Herman, who already had seated a 12-member jury in the case Tuesday morning.
Following the plea, Herman handed Christophe a deferred six-month jail sentence with six months of probation.
Mussa, who works with Knowles on her Saint Heron creative brand and website, did not appear in court.