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Flavor Flav arrested for domestic battery in Nevada

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Flavor Flav, from legendary rap group Public Enemy,  was arrested for a domestic violence incident in Nevada.

The  62-year-old rapper – real name William Jonathan Drayton Jr. – was booked for a misdemeanor charge of domestic battery on Tuesday, October 5 by Henderson PD according to law enforcement sources for TMZ on Monday.

Their sources said that police had responded to a call about a domestic disturbance  and when they arrived they placed Flav into custody where he was taken to the Henderson Detention Center.

Tough times: Flavor Flav, from legendary rap group Public Enemy, was arrested for a domestic violence incident in Nevada according to TMZ on Monday (He is pictured in May 2015 after a DUI arrest in Las Vegas)

Tough times: Flavor Flav, from legendary rap group Public Enemy, was arrested for a domestic violence incident in Nevada according to TMZ on Monday (He is pictured in May 2015 after a DUI arrest in Las Vegas)

According to the criminal complaint obtained by TMZ, the rapper allegedly poked his finger on the alleged victim’s nose, grabbed her, threw her down, and grabbed a phone out of her hand.

They also report that the City Attorney says the former star of Flavor Of Love has been officially charged with misdemeanor battery constituting domestic violence.

Flav’s attorney David Chesnoff told TMZ: ‘In alleged domestic violence cases, there are often 2 sides to the story and we will explain our side in the courtroom and not in the media.’

Regardless of the trouble with the law, the rapper seems to be turning things around as his manager told the publication that Flav has been sober from alcohol for a year and that it has been 15 months since he quit smoking cigarettes.

Time is ticking: The 62-year-old rapper - real name William Jonathan Drayton Jr. - (seen in July 2019)  was booked for a misdemeanor charge of domestic battery on Tuesday, October 5 by Henderson PD according to law enforcement sources fort the publication

Time is ticking: The 62-year-old rapper – real name William Jonathan Drayton Jr. – (seen in July 2019)  was booked for a misdemeanor charge of domestic battery on Tuesday, October 5 by Henderson PD according to law enforcement sources fort the publication

Iconic: He is a founding member of legendary hip-hop group Public Enemy, as he is seen in LA back in October 1989 with George Clinton (center)

Iconic: He is a founding member of legendary hip-hop group Public Enemy, as he is seen in LA back in October 1989 with George Clinton (center)

 The artist first gained recognition as he co-founded legendary hip-hop act Public Enemy in 1985. He is the hype man of the group in addition to playing multiple instruments.

Things have been tumultuous between the group members in recent years as he was the band said it was ‘moving forward’ without Flav, officially ending his 37-year career with the group, back in March 2020.

‘Public Enemy and Public Enemy Radio will be moving forward without Flavor Flav,’ the group announced. ‘We thank him for his years of service and wish him well.’ 

Troubling: According to the criminal complaint obtained by TMZ, the rapper allegedly poked his finger on the alleged victim's nose, grabbed her, threw her down, and grabbed a phone out of her hand, as the hype man is seen in January 2020

Troubling: According to the criminal complaint obtained by TMZ, the rapper allegedly poked his finger on the alleged victim’s nose, grabbed her, threw her down, and grabbed a phone out of her hand, as the hype man is seen in January 2020

This came days after Flav had issued a cease and desist to Bernie Sanders’ campaign ahead of a rally in Los Angeles featuring a performance by a version of Public Enemy.

The hype man’s cease and desist took issue with what he said was ‘the unauthorized use of [Flavor Flav’s] likeness, image and trademarked clock in promotional materials circulated by the [Sanders] campaign.’

‘While Chuck is certainly free to express his political view as he sees fit — his voice alone does not speak for Public Enemy,’ reads an excerpt of the letter.

‘The planned performance will only be Chuck D of Public Enemy, it will not be a performance by Public Enemy. Those who truly know what Public Enemy stands for know what time it is, there is no Public Enemy without Flavor Flav,’ the excerpt continues.

Flav's (seen in August 2019) attorney David Chesnoff told TMZ: 'In alleged domestic violence cases, there are often 2 sides to the story and we will explain our side in the courtroom and not in the media'

Flav’s (seen in August 2019) attorney David Chesnoff told TMZ: ‘In alleged domestic violence cases, there are often 2 sides to the story and we will explain our side in the courtroom and not in the media’

At the end of the letter, Flavor Flav added a hand-written note stating, ‘Hey Bernie, don’t do this!!’

Flavor Flav  has been in conflict with the group since 2017, when he sued main MC of the group, Chuck D, and the band’s management firm over unpaid royalties and merchandise profits.

Chuck D – real name Carlton Ridenhour – added a pointed statement that seemed to indicate his partnership with Flavor Flav was coming to an end shortly after the cease and desist was sent.

Fight The Power: Things have been tumultuous between Public Enemy (seen in March 2020) in recent years as he was the band said it was 'moving forward' without Flav, officially ending his 37-year career with the group, back in March 2020.

Fight The Power: Things have been tumultuous between Public Enemy (seen in March 2020) in recent years as he was the band said it was ‘moving forward’ without Flav, officially ending his 37-year career with the group, back in March 2020.

‘Flavor chooses to dance for his money and not do benevolent work like this. He has a year to get his act together and get himself straight or he’s out,’ Chuck D said.

Chuck D’s lawyer added, ‘From a legal standpoint, Chuck could perform as Public Enemy if he ever wanted to; he is the sole owner of the Public Enemy trademark.’

 ‘He originally drew the logo himself in the mid-80’s, is also the creative visionary and the group’s primary songwriter, having written Flavor’s most memorable lines,’ he added.

Days later, Chuck announced that the firing was a hoax, however, Flav states after that he was not part of the hoax and disapproved of the stunt. 

Flav has also famously had a career in reality television most notably dating show Flavor Of Love which aired over three seasons from 2006 to 2008.

Iconic: Flav has also famously had a career in reality television most notably dating show Flavor Of Love which aired over three seasons from 2006 to 2008

Iconic: Flav has also famously had a career in reality television most notably dating show Flavor Of Love which aired over three seasons from 2006 to 2008

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