LI’s Flavor Flav arrested for charging a local battery in Nevada

Rapper Flavor Flav, formerly of Long Island’s leading hip-hop group, Public Enemy, was arrested on domestic battery charges earlier this month in Nevada, where he lives. On Tuesday, citing a Clark County criminal complaint it obtained, it said that Roosevelt-born Flav and Freeport-raised 62-year-old William Drayton Jr., were arrested by police in Henderson, Nevada, near Las Vegas, on October 5. He allegedly tapped a woman’s nose, threw her to the ground and took a phone from her hand.

The city attorney told TMZ Flav that he has been taken to prison and charged with a misdemeanor that constitutes domestic violence. Flav’s attorney, David Chesnoff of Chesnoff & Schonfeld in Las Vegas, who grew up in Bayville and Sea Cliff and graduated from North Shore High School in 1973, told Newsday in an email that “in cases of alleged domestic violence, it is often There are two sides of the story and we will explain our side in the courtroom and not in the media.”

In 1991, Flav pleaded guilty to domestic violence against his then-girlfriend Karen Ross. He again pleaded guilty to domestic violence in 2014 for using a knife to threaten his then-fiancée’s 17-year-old son, Elizabeth Trujillo. On Long Island, he was arrested in January 2014 on charges including unlicensed operating a motor vehicle and possession of marijuana, as a result of a speedy arrest at Meadowbrook State Parkway.

On Tuesday, Flav posted on his social media that he’s been sober for a year, writing, “1 year,,,,,,,,, Next year, I invite my whole family to go down the same path that I am,,,, # Sobriety #alcoholfree #1yearsober #dontbelievethehype.” On Flav’s Instagram account, “Tonight Show” music producer and music director Questlove commented, “Proud of you, brother.” Rapper Xzibit wrote, “Love you G!! You are one of my heroes [sic]. Glad you feel strong in your sobriety. Keep moving forward.”

His Instagram post also received a comment from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s Public Enemy group, which kicked him out in March 2020, sparking an uproar. The supporting post consists of four emojis representing strength, prayer, and, with a raised fist, the challenge in the face of adversity.

Public Enemy was formed by Chuck D who grew up in Roosevelt (né Carlton Ridenhour) after he and Flav met while attending Adelphi University in Garden City. Flav has moved on to his career in reality television, starring in shows including “The Surreal Life” and “Flavor of Love”.


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