LL Cool J burglar pleads not guilty

The burglar who broke into actor LL Cool J's home has pleaded not guilty.

LL Cool J. Picture: AFP

LOS ANGELES - A man who allegedly broke into the home of rapper and TV actor LL Cool J and was overpowered and held by the star until police arrived, pleaded not guilty to a burglary charge.

Jonathan A. Kirby (56) was being held in jail and a new hearing was set for September 10 in Los Angeles to decide if enough evidence exists for him to stand trial.

The criminal complaint against Kirby alleges at least two prior convictions in California, meaning that if he is found guilty of this break-in, it would be a third strike under California law and he would face 38 years to life in prison.

Kirby was arrested on August 22 after police were called to the home of LL Cool J, born James Todd Smith, after the rapper found the man in the kitchen of his Los Angeles home around 1am, fought with him and detained him.

Kirby, who police said appeared to have been homeless, was taken to a local hospital to treat a broken nose, jaw and ribs.

The actor stars as a special agent in the television drama NCIS: Los Angeles.