While many of the biggest names in music were playing for 270,000 (!) fans in Chicago this weekend at the 2011 Lollapalooza festival, two members of the hip hop community—one an established vet, one an up-and-comer— found themselves on the wrong side of the law.
On Friday, the Los Angeles Times reported that New York state police arrested Big Sean, Kanye West’s newest protoge, after performing a concert at Artpark State Park in Lewiston, NY. The 23 year-old was charged with misdemeanor counts of forcible touching, unlawful imprisonment and sex abuse after an unnamed woman phoned police complaining of sexual assault. Big Sean and a member of his entourage, Willie ?Sayitainttone? Hansbro, were jailed and released on a $500 bond. Big Sean isn’t speaking, but his lawyer released a statement saying “both men vehemently deny the charges” and that “I am confident, that after further investigation, both men will be vindicated.” This case will go to court on September 6.
Then, on Sunday, Antwan “Big Boi” Patton (of Outkast fame) was pinched by the Miami po-po’s on felony drug possession charges. Apparently, drug-sniffing dogs got the best of Big Boi after he exited an unnamed cruise ship, and police found ecstasy pills, molly (which is ecstasy in powder form) and a whole bunch of Viagra in his luggage. He spent some time in the Miami-Dade Correctional Facility, but was released after posting $16,000 bond. His lawyer later explained to CNN that “a small amount of contraband was found in the collective luggage,” before adding that “I am confident when the entire facts are aired Big Boi will be completely exonerated.”
As a precautionary measure, we are advising that anyone who happens to perform either solo or in a band that has the name “Big” in the title— we’re looking at you, Big Daddy Kane, as well as members of Mr. Big and Reel Big Fish—avoid leaving their homes until this big bad mojo blows over.
Big Sean faces sexual abuse charges following concert [LAT]
Big Boi from Outkast ARRESTED FOR DRUG POSSESSION [TMZ]
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It’s tricky to fairly judge
a book by its cover an incident by its police report, but after repeatedly denying that an altercation occured in her Dallas hotel Monday night, it seems that Nicki Minaj may have to clear the air with fans after all. TMZ has reportedly obtained official police documents that paint a picture of something we initially thought might be a fight with a male fan and turned it into something far worse: a lovers quarrel.
According to TMZ, the fiasco that would (allegedly) leave her bleeding first started when Young Money’s first lady was arguing with her assistant and boyfriend, Safaree Samuels, by the Palomar Hotel pool. Nicki asked a hotel employee to call the authorities before she followed Safaree up to their (shared) hotel room, and fearful that he was removing items he shouldn’t be, looked in his suitcase as he pulled it away, striking her in the mouth and chin. That’s when details become a bit fuzzy. Did he mean to hit her intentionally with the suitcase, or was it an accident? Why were they fighting, and why was she was worried he’d steal her possessions?
Bassist Nick Oliveri of Kyuss and, formerly, Queens of the Stone Age, held his girlfriend hostage last night at his Los Angeles duplex, according to TMZ. Oliveri’s girlfriend allegedly told police she had left the apartment they share on Monday after he struck her during an argument, but returned the next evening to collect her belongings and move out, at which point the two got into another heated exchange. Oliveri barred police responding to a neighbor’s 911 call from entry to the apartment. He would not permit his girlfriend to leave the apartment for two hours, and did not himself leave the apartment for an additional two hours. A search turned up a loaded “high powered rifle.”
Queens of the Stone Age fans may recall that allegations of domestic violence were the cause of Oliveri’s firing back in 2004. As reported by Billboard in July 2005, frontman Josh Homme told BBC’s Radio 1 that he’d heard a rumor about an incident of domestic violence involving Oliveri, and at the time told the bassist, “If I ever find out that this is true, I can’t know you, man.” In 2004 Homme received independent confirmation of abuse and dismissed Oliveri. He has not since played with the bassist in any capacity and opted out of the recent Kyuss reunion.
Ex-Queens of the Stone Age Guy — S.W.A.T. Standoff [TMZ]
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Either Beyonc?‘s father Mathew Knowles is getting sandbagged by Live Nation, or else he just made the most colossal publicity mistake of his life. According to legal papers obtained by TMZ, Live Nation claimed to Beyonc? that her father had, as her manager, stolen money from the artist. An audit conducted by Beyonc?’s legal team corroborated Live Nation’s claim. This resulted in Knowles’s dismissal (replaced by a Live Nation employee!) just prior to a potentially profitable tour. Knowles’s legal filing requests depositions from Live Nation employees to determine how the company concluded that he was claiming an unlawful share of Beyonc?’s income.
In an apparent cry for help practically straight out of the Nic Cage film Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, Coheed & Cambria bassist Michael Todd allegedly robbed a Walgreens Pharmacy in Attleboro, MA on Sunday afternoon. Attleboro Police responded to a report that a male had “threatened a pharmacist with a bomb threat and demanded Oxycontin” before departing the scene in a cab. The taxi dispatcher reported that the cab traveled directly from Walgreens to Comcast Center in Mansfield, where Coheed & Cambria were to open for Soundgarden that evening.
Todd was taken into custody after the show, and Coheed & Cambria have already found a replacement bassist to complete their tour. Todd had previously taken a leave of absence from the band, from November 2006 to April 2007, to address a heroin addiction.
Rock Star Arrested For Holding Up Walgreens in Attleboro [Patch]
[Image: Attleboro Police Dept.]