By Stephen M. Silverman
July 16, 1998 12:00 AM

Eminem is entering a hotbed as he faces an assault charge in a Michigan courtroom tomorrow. Prosecutor Carl Marlinga told the Associated Press that the Grammy winning rapper, whose real name is Marshall Bruce Mathers III, will receive no special treatment. “He’s like any other defendant for us in terms of the economic consequences of his actions,” said Marlinga. “He’s charged with a felony, and we intend to go to trial with this case as a felony.” On June 4 in a suburban Detroit nightclub parking lot, Eminem, 27, allegedly struck and pointed a gun at John Guerra, a man he saw kissing the musician’s (now-estranged) wife, Kimberly Mathers, 25. A pretrial session is scheduled to begin Tuesday. Eminem’s formal charge is assault with a dangerous weapon and carrying a concealed weapon. In convicted, he could face up to five years in prison. As of last night, Eminem’s attorney did not return a call to the AP, which had sought comment. This weekend, Eminem starred as the musical act on the season debut of “Saturday Night Live.”

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