Joe Budden failed to appear for his court date Thursday, after which the judge immediately issued a warrant for his arrest, reports TMZ

Back in August 2014, Budden turned himself in to NYPD after allegedly stealing his ex-girlfriend's cell phone and beating her. According to sources, he tracked her down as she ate at a NYC restaurant and dragged her out to his car, where he choked her, slammed her head against the dashboard, and continued to beat her after driving back to his New Jersey home. He was charged with robbery and grand larceny.

Stay tuned for updates on the saga of Mr. Budden.

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