LOS ANGELES, May 11 -- Rapper Tupac Shakur pleaded innocent Wednesday to two felony counts of being a felon in possession of a gun.
Shakur, 22, is out on bail in connection with a New York sexual battery case and is accused of shooting at police officers in Atlanta. He was arrested Tuesday in Los Angeles when he surrendered to serve a 15-day jail sentence for an unrelated misdemeanor battery case.
The rapper, who was handcuffed, appeared in court in a blue jail jumpsuit. His attorney entered an innocent plea on his behalf to one felony count of being an ex-convict in possession of a gun and carrying a concealed weapon.
Municipal Court Judge L. Jeffrey Wiatt refused to reduce Shakur's $45,000 bail and scheduled a June 20 preliminary hearing.
During the arraignment, Shakur's attorney, La'Chelle Woodert, requested that Shakur get a vegetarian diet while in jail. The judge took the matter under consideration.
The gun charges, the latest in a rash of criminal accusations made against the rapper, stem from his arrest April 29 with Maurice Harding, 26, after the two men were stopped by police on a Hollywood street. Police said the car they were in was traveling at 45 mph in a 25 mph zone.
Deputy District Attorney Scott Goodwin said police found a loaded 9mm Firestar semiautomatic pistol in the car.
Harding, convicted in 1991 in Oakland of carrying a concealed gun, is accused of being a convict with a concealed weapon in a vehicle. His bail was set at $20,000.
Shakur, convicted last year of carrying a concealed weapon, is awaiting trial in New York for an alleged sexual attack on a fan in a hotel room and in Atlanta for shooting two police officers.
He was recently sentenced to 15 days in jail in Los Angeles for attacking a director on the set of a music video.
Shakur starred in the movie 'Poetic Justice' with Janet Jackson and is known for his recording 'I Get Around.'