Music Celebrity News
Music Celebrity Arrest Spotlight
The rock star life is often an intriguing element that draws people to their favorite musicians beyond just their latest musical releases and top-selling albums. In fact, the bad boy image often goes hand-in-hand with the rock star life, and it is hardly a surprise when some big-name musician winds up needing a criminal defense attorney. With that said, celebrity music arrests can be as entertaining as the pop figures whom enchant us with their songs and music videos.
Follow the latest celebrity arrests involving the biggest names in the music industry below, and be sure to check out our other Celebrity Arrest Spotlight sections on the most recent and unusual arrests involving well-known figures in the entertainment, sports, political and business worlds.
Celebrity Music Arrests Updated June 9, 2007
Taboo of Black Eyed Peas Faces At Most $200 Fine for Drug Charges
The singer known as Taboo from the rap group Black Eyed Peas will face a maximum fine of $200 and no time in jail for two misdemeanor drug charges. Taboo, whose real name is Jaime Luis Gomez, was arrested last March outside of Los Angeles, California after a minor traffic accident and was found to have less than 28 grams of marijuana in his possession, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. Taboo will be arraigned May 25.
Former American Idol Finalist Jessica Sierra Arrested for Cocaine, Assault Charges
United Press International has reported that former ‘American Idol’ finalist Jessica Sierra was arrested in Tampa, Florida on drug and assault charges. The fourth season finalist who remade the Bonnie Tyler hit song, ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’ was held on $11,500 bond in a Tampa area jail for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and possession of cocaine.
Rapper T-Pain Denies Arrest at Concert
Rap star T-Pain has denied media reports that he was arrested for not shortening his show in a festival called ‘Springfest.’ T-Pain was reportedly told that he had 30 minutes to perform, but told the audience that he would stay on longer. Although the stage was rushed by more than 20 security and police officials after the star’s time had elapsed, and the star made vulgar hand gestures and repeatedly swore at police, there was reportedly no arrest. Police dragged the star off-stage, however.
Singer Willie Nelson Beats Pot Rap
Country singer Willie Nelson and several others have avoided jail time by pleading guilty to misdemeanor possession of marijuana. Nelson, his tour manager David Anderson and his sister, Bobbie Nelson, were cited in September along with two drivers after state troopers found marijuana and hallucinogenic mushrooms on their tour bus during a vehicle inspection. Nelson and Anderson were fined more than $1k each and sentenced to six months probation. Charges against Bobbie Nelson and the drivers were dismissed as part of the plea deal.
Unnamed Teen Arrested for Stealing Ted Nugent’s Property
A 17-year old boy has been arraigned on charges of breaking and entering into the former residence of rock star Ted Nugent and stealing his property. The boy, who has not been named, was charged with stealing two all-terrain vehicles and two crossbows. A second person was also apprehended in connection with the stolen items. Nugent now lives in Texas. The boy was released to his parents after he was charged.
Snoop Dogg to Work off Community Service with Youth League
Rapper Snoop Dogg, who pleaded No Contest recently to felony gun and drug charges, can work off 400 of his 800-hour community service sentence by working with the youth football league that he helped to found several years ago. Dogg will have to spend the other half of his community service sentence working with non-profit organizations approved by the probation department working on his case. Dogg, whose real name is Calvin Broadus, was arrested in an airport in Burbank, California after police found marijuana and a gun in his vehicle. The rap star has had several similar legal run-ins, including an arrest in Los Angeles and an arrest in Europe.
Rapper Snoop Dogg Pleads “No Contest” to Two Felonies
Superstar rapper Snoop Dogg pleaded “No Contest” in a Los Angeles Superior Court to two felony drug and gun possession charges. Dogg was given a suspended sentence, five years of probation, and 800 hours of community service. Dogg was arrested in October at a Burbank, California airport after police found marijuana and a gun in his vehicle. He was also arrested in Los Angeles in November, and in Europe on similar charges.
Arrest Warrants Issued for Rapper DMX for Court No-Shows
Two arrest warrants have been issued for the rapper DMX, for failure to show up in court for two pending traffic cases. DMX, whose real name is Russell Simmons, failed to show up in a White Plains, New York court and a Yonkers City Court for misdemeanor traffic offenses.
Rapper Ice Cube Comments on Director’s Arrest
The Rap Star known as ‘Ice Cube’ has commented on the arrest last year of film Director Lee Tamahori, with whom he reportedly had an antagonistic relationship while filming the movie ‘XXX: State of the Union.’ Ice Cube reportedly admitted that he’d ‘bumped heads’ with Tamahori and that he was amused by the director’s arrest last year. ‘After we finished [shooting], I read in the paper that he got arrested on Santa Monica Boulevard, dressed like a transvestite.’ Tamahori was indeed arrested in 2006 for prostitution while wearing a dress, for reportedly offering to perform a sex act on an undercover police officer. Ice Cube reportedly called the arrest, ‘Cool.’
Arrest Warrant Issued for Country Singer Billy Joe Shaver
Country Crooner Billy Joe Shaver, best known for two hit songs in the 1970s, is reportedly wanted by Austin, Texas police for allegedly shooting and wounding a man outside a nightclub in Texas. Police have issued a warrant for his arrest. According to Shaver’s attorney, the man who sang ‘Georgia on a fast train’ and ‘I’m just an old chunk of coal (But I’m gonna be a diamond someday)’ shot a man in self-defense, after the man came at him with a knife.
Rocker’s Wife Mary Weiland Says She’s Bipolar and “Lost It” Before Arson Arrest
Rocker Scott Weiland’s wife, Mary, released a statement explaining her recent strange behavior that resulted in an arrest for arson. Mary Weiland admitted she has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. “Reports that we were fighting at the Graciela Hotel are untrue. Scott was simply trying to help me calm down. I want to make it very clear that he did not hurt me in any way. For lack of a better expression, I was unstable and just ‘lost it.’” The Graciela Hotel, where police were originally called, reportedly incurred more than $700 worth of property damage in two of its hotel rooms, which Weiland claimed has been paid. Police were later called to the couple’s home when Weiland was spotted igniting her husband’s clothing in a trash can. She was booked for felony arson and vandalism.
Rapper Foxy Brown Appears in Court…Again
Foxy Fights Against Beauty Shop Assault Charges
While some aging women may claim they have to “fight” to stay “foxy,” rapper Foxy Brown takes it to a whole new, literal level. The rapper pleaded Not Guilty in a Broward County courtroom to charges of battery and resisting arrest, resulting from a February brawl with the owner of a beauty supply store in Pembroke Pines, FL. The Florida fight follows assault charges last year involving Brown and Manhattan nail salon workers, reportedly over a manicure. In the most recent Florida incident, Brown reportedly argued with Sam Hayssam, the owner of Queens Beauty Shop, over her use of his beauty products in the store’s bathroom. Brown reportedly refused to leave the store and hurled hair glue at Hayssam. She also reportedly spit on him. Police arrested Brown, whose real name is Inga Marchand, after a struggle. In early March, Brown pleaded Guilty in Manhattan to violating probation because of the Florida incident. Brown said of her run-ins, “I am the victim of an overzealous police department who engaged in police brutality and money-hungry store owners whose motives are for me to pay his mortgage…and his children’s tuition.”
Wynonna Judd’s Husband Dan Roach Arrested on Child Sex Charges
Dan R. Roach, the husband and road manager of country singer Wynonna Judd, was arrested in Abilene, TX on three counts of aggravated sexual battery against a child younger than 13, according to the Associated Press. The charges against Roach were made in Nashville, TN, where Roach is expected to be extradited. Judd filed for divorce almost immediately after the arrest, and posted a statement on her website saying she was “devastated.”
Singer Scott Weiland’s Wife Torches His Clothes, Arrested for Felony Arson
Mary Weiland, 31, wife of Velvet Revolver singer Scott Weiland, was arrested for setting fire to Scott Weiland’s clothing outside their Toluca Lake, CA home. According to police reports, the couple had argued at the Graciela Hotel earlier that day and reportedly trashed two luxury hotel rooms. Police were then called later the couple’s home after someone called to report that a woman was burning clothing in a trash can. Mary Weiland was booked for investigation of felony arson and vandalism.
No Assault Arrest for Kid Rock after Party Run-In
Prosecutors in Oakland County have said that there is not enough evidence to charge musician Kid Rock with an alleged assault of a Michigan woman at a party in early March. The woman claimed that Rock, whose real name is Robert Ritchie, had shoved her when she attempted to leave a party at his house. Oakland County prosecutor David Gorcyca reportedly said, ‘The reports are fraught with differing eyewitness accounts and without substantiating injuries, there is insufficient evidence to support a charge.’ Rock’s attorney, Michael Novak, has said ‘It’s just a complete, unfounded lie,’ and that Rock is considering a lawsuit against the woman for making false claims.
British Newspaper Re-Publishes Excerpts from Phil Spector Interview Before Lana Clarkson Murder Trial Starts
The British newspaper ‘The Telegraph’ has republished excerpts from an interview with music mogul Phil Spector, who is on trial for the death of actress Lana Clarkson. The newspaper interviewed Spector in 2002, just days before Clarkson died mysteriously in Spector’s Los Angeles home. The interview discusses Spector’s bi-polar personality, with Spector quoted as saying, ‘I have devils inside that fight me. And I’m my own worst enemy.’ Spector also provided tips on how to cheat at the game Monopoly. Spector’s trial is expected to begin in Los Angeles soon.
Blues Traveler Singer John Popper Arrested
The lead singer of the band ‘Blues Traveler’ will reportedly be charged for possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia by Washington state police. John Popper was stopped for speeding, according to the Washington State Patrol. Officers reportedly found a large number of weapons and strange objects in hidden compartments, including a pair of night vision goggles, a switchblade knife, a Taser gun, a public address system, a siren, and a small amount of marijuana in the vehicle. Popper, 39, resides in Snohomis, WA. Brian Gourgeois, 34 of Austin, TX was a passenger in the car with Popper and was also charged in the incident. Popper is reportedly an avid gun collector and all weapons in the vehicle were registered and transported in a locked cabinet, said George Couri, Popper’s manager.
Singer Kelis Arrested in Miami Area for Screaming Obscenities
Singer Kelis, wife of rap star Nas, was arrested in Miami Beach for disorderly conduct after reportedly screaming racial obscenities at two female police officers who were posing as prostitutes. According to police reports, two female police officers were working an undercover prostitution sting operation in South Beach, when Kelis reportedly started screaming racial slurs at the women. Police reports said Kelis continued screaming and had to be restrained by friends. Kelis was also charged with resisting arrest.
Mo’ Foxy Blues: Rapper Foxy Brown Makes in News Again
Volatile rapper Foxy Brown is in the news, with reports by the New York Daily News that Brown had narrowly escaped another run-in with police, this time when she illegally parked her SUV at a bus stop in Brooklyn while she ate in a restaurant across the street. Brown reportedly moved her car when she saw police. Brown also made news in the New York Post after she was banned by Junior’s Restaurant for reportedly skipping out on paying her bill. Brown reportedly had pulled the ‘dine and dash’ stunt at Junior’s several times previously and when her representative returned to pay for a $53 check, a manager said, ‘Don’t pay for it. Just don’t come back.’ The manager also reportedly told part of her entourage that ‘none of the waiters want to serve her because she’s known for cursing out people.it’s always a little drama.’ Restaurant owner Alan Rosen confirmed that Brown is no longer welcome in his establishment.
Foxy Brown Skates on Manhattan Probation Violation
Rap star Foxy Brown pleaded guilty in a Manhattan courtroom to violating probation and convinced a New York judge to allow her to avoid jail. Brown, whose real name is Inga Marchand, was serving 3-years probation for reportedly assaulting two Manhattan manicurists in 2004 when she reportedly scuffled with clerks at a beauty supply store last month in Pembroke Pines, FL. Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Melissa Jackson defied prosecutors by not throwing Brown, 27, in jail for the probation violation, but told her that this was her ‘last chance’ or she will be resentenced for the New York incident. Brown is charged with battery and resisting arrest for the Florida incident at a beauty supply store.
Singer Bobby Brown Arrested
Singer Bobby Brown was arrested in Massachusetts recently for failure to appear in court and pay child support fines, according to People magazine. Brown was reportedly arrested outside his daughter’s cheerleading competition at Attleboro High School and was cooperative. Brown, who is involved in divorce proceedings from wife Whitney Houston, reportedly had owed money to a former girlfriend, Kim Wand, with whom he has two children, and a warrant for his arrest was issued in Massachusetts for his failure to appear in court for a related hearing. Although Brown reportedly had paid the $11,000 in back child support that he owed, the warrant still existed. If charged with contempt of a child support order, Brown could face jail time. In June 2004, Brown received a suspended sentence of 90 days in jail for missing three of child support payments.
Rapper Foxy Brown Tells Her Side of Florida Arrest
Rapper Foxy Brown held a press conference at the Brown Memorial Baptist Church in Brooklyn, NY how her February 15 visit to a Florida beauty supply store turned into an arrest. The rapper, 27, said she was dragged ‘half-naked’ out of the store’s bathroom and discriminated against by police officers because she is black. ‘The only crime I’m guilty of is being a young black woman,’ Brown said. Police in Pembroke Pines, FL, however, said Brown had reportedly spit on the store owner and then got into a fight with a police officer in the parking lot. If convicted of battery and resisting an officer, Brown may face jail time for a probation violation for reportedly hitting two Manhattan manicurists with a cell phone in 2004.
Hank Williams Jr. Waitress Assault Case Dismissed
A misdemeanor assault charge against Hank Williams Jr. for reportedly choking a cocktail waitress has been dismissed. Memphis District Attorney General Bill Gibbons reportedly told the Associated Press, ‘We didn’t feel we had a case we could prove.’ Williams was charged with screaming obscenities and choking Holly Hornbeak, 19. Williams is the son of country singer Hank Williams and is undergoing divorce proceedings from his fourth wife, Mary Jane.
Rapper Busta Rhymes Busted Again
Rap mega-star Busta Rhymes was arrested in Manhattan recently for driving without a license, according to the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. Rhymes, 34, was stopped by police for driving through a red light. If convicted, the hip hop artist, whose real name is Trevor Smith, could get 30 days in jail. Just a few days before he was stopped for driving with a suspended license, Rhymes agreed to consider a plea deal in an assault case. If he accepts the plea deal, he would avoid jail time for allegedly assaulting a fan. Rhymes has also been charged in the past with assaulting his former driver and assaulting another fan who asked for an autograph.
Rapper Jadakiss Indicted on Gun and Drug Charges
The hip hop artist famous for writing controversial lyrics about the September 11 terrorist attacks has been charged with possession of a handgun and possession of marijuana. Jason Phillips, whose rap name is ‘Jadakiss’ entered a plea of Not Guilty to the charges in a Westchester County court. Phillips was arrested in October in Yonkers, NY by police who stopped his car after reportedly smelling marijuana. If convicted, he could face up to seven years in prison. The singer denies knowing that the gun nor the marijuana were in the car.
Rapper Foxy Brown Gets Three Years Probation for Nail Salon Fight
Rap artist Foxy Brown, 27, was sentenced to three years’ probation for a fight with two nail salon employees, in a 2004 assault case. Brown was recently arrested a second time in Pembroke Pines, FL for allegedly throwing hair glue at a beauty shop employee. Brown spent the night in jail and was released on $1,500 bond. She is charged with battery and resisting an officer. The new arrest in Florida is possible on a probation violation, according to recent news reports.
Phil Spector Murder Trial May Hit TV
The New York Daily News has reported that the Phil Spector murder trial may be aired on television. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler said he may allow television cameras in the courtroom. Spector has been charged with killing actress Lana Clarkson in 2003. Clarkson has been working at the House of Blues in Los Angeles and went home with Spector on the night she died. Spector has claimed that Clarkson shot herself. Jury selection is set for March 19.
Busta Rhymes Posts Bail for Misdemeanor Assault Charges
Hip-hop star Busta Rhymes has been released from a Manhattan jail on $3,500 bail for two misdemeanor assault charges and two lesser charges in which he reportedly hit and knocked over his former driver, Edward Hatchett, 39. Hatchett claims that Rhymes beat him ‘with a closed fist about the head and neck’ and kicked him in the ribs and torso after a reported dispute over money. During his arraignment, Rhymes was ordered to stay away from Hatchett. His next court date is set for February 20.
Lawsuit Against Brandy May Get Dismissed
The $50 million lawsuit against singer Brandy, filed on behalf of the woman who was killed in a freeway crash involving the singer, may be dismissed, according to recent news reports. In California, only a spouse, not parents, may file a lawsuit for wrongful death. The suit was filed by the parents of 38-year old Awatef Aboudihaj without consulting her husband. Aboudihaj’s husband, meanwhile, has retained attorney Bill Sayed, who has said he is currently investigating Brandy’s net worth. Sources close to Brandy have indicated that the singer is ‘devastated’ over the woman’s death.
Rapper ‘Young Buck’ Arrested for Failure to Appear in Court
The rapper known as Young Buck, 25, whose real name is David Darnell Brown, was arrested on a warrant for failing to appear in court for a driving violation, according to police. Buck had been ticketed last summer on a misdemeanor violation for driving on a suspended license in Nashville, TN and failed to appear in court. He was released on $1k bond and is scheduled to appear in court February 27. Buck records on 50 Cent’s G-Unit Record label.
Brandy’s Plight Intensifies: Arrest is Possible and Family Sues
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) has reportedly recommended that actress and singer Brandy be prosecuted for misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter, according to celebrity new website, TMZ. If charged and convicted, Brandy may spend up to a year in jail and pay a $1,000 fine. The singer was reportedly involved in a multi-car crash in December which resulted in the death of a 38 year old woman, Awatef Aboudihaj. The woman’s family has reportedly filed a $50 million lawsuit for wrongful death against Brandy.
No Arrest for Brandy’s Involvement in Fatal Car Crash
Actress and singer Brandy has reportedly been involved in a fatal accident, according to TMZ, but has not been charged or arrested for the incident. The celebrity website and Access Hollywood reported that Brandy had been driving her SUV on a Los Angeles freeway on the morning of December 30 when she struck a Toyota, which allegedly caused a chain reaction involving two other cars and ultimately caused the death of a woman who died after being taken to Holy Cross Hospital. Brandy was uninjured, but another driver suffered moderate injuries. Alcohol and drugs were reportedly not a factor. Brandy’s spokesperson released a statement expressing regret and sympathy for the family of the woman who died.’
Rapper 50 Cent Stopped by Cops in Harlem
Curtis Johnson, also known as the rapper 50 Cent, was ticketed in Harlem, NY for making a wrong turn. Police cited the rapper while a crowd gathered. Unlike the last time 50 Cent encountered police, no handcuffs were required. In September, 50 Cent was handcuffed and arrested in New York for driving without a valid license and making an unsafe lane change.
Snoop Dogg Pleads Not Guilty to Deadly Weapon Charges
Hip Hop mega star Snoop Dogg has pleaded Not Guilty to possession of a deadly weapon. The rapper’s attorneys entered the plea in an Orange County Superior Court. Snoop Dogg, whose real name is Calvin Broadus, had been charged after a collapsible police baton had been found in his bags at John Wayne Airport in September. Broadus claimed the baton was a prop he would be using for a video he was shooting. Broadus was also arrested in October and November for gun possession, marijuana possession, cocaine possession, and for having a false compartment in his vehicle. No charges have been filed from those arrests.