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MC Hammer's Cousin Appears In Court On Rape Charge

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PLEASANTON, Calif. (AP) - A cousin of MC Hammer who appears on the rapper's cable TV reality show has been charged in California with raping a 40-year-old woman he met through an online social networking site.

Marvin Grant did not enter a plea during a court appearance Monday in Pleasanton, and asked to be assigned a public defender. He was arrested last month.

Police say Grant met the woman through Twitter and the two exchanged e-mails and phone calls before agreeing to meet at a Livermore hotel July 28. According to court documents, Grant attacked the woman after she declined his advances.

The 33-year-old Grant, also known as Marv, appears on MC Hammer's reality show on the A&E cable network. The show follows the rapper and his family at his Tracy home.

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Information from: Contra Costa Times

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