Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Snoop Dogg arrested after 'Tonight Show' performance

Story Highlights

•Police: Charges include possession of a gun, cocaine and marijuana
•AP: Snoop was in car pulling out of NBC when police stopped him
•Lawyer: Rapper "innocent" and has been freed on bail, AP reports
•Arrest is latest of several run-ins with police this year

LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) -- Police arrested rapper Snoop Dogg on weapons and narcotics charges after his performance Tuesday on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno."

Burbank police Sgt. Kevin Grandalski said the charges include possession of a gun, cocaine and marijuana. He also is accused of having a false compartment in a vehicle. The weapons charge is a felony.

Tuesday's incident was the latest of several arrests for Snoop Dogg -- whose real name is Calvin Broadus. Police pulled his vehicle over shortly after after he appeared on NBC's "The Tonight Show" and performed songs "That's That S...!" and "I Want to Love."

The 35-year-old musician from Sherman Oaks has sold more than 17 million records and starred in films.

In 1990, Snoop Dogg was convicted on a felony narcotics possession charge for trying to sell cocaine.

Report: Attorney says rapper 'innocent'

Donald Etra, the rapper's attorney, told The Associated Press that Snoop Dogg "was in a car pulling out of the studio" when police stopped him Tuesday.

Etra told the AP he believed his client was booked at jail for investigation of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. He made bail of $60,000 and was released shortly after 1 a.m. Wednesday, about seven hours after the arrest, according to the AP.

"As of this point, he stands innocent of all charges," Etra told the AP. "The goal tonight was to get him out of jail. The goal tomorrow is to deal with the case."

The rapper was expected to be arraigned on January 11, Etra told the AP.

On November 2, Snoop Dogg was charged with one felony count of knowingly possessing a deadly weapon -- a collapsible baton -- while trying to board a plane in Santa Ana, Orange County authorities said. A spokeswoman for the performer denied the charges and said the baton was "a prop" he inadvertently had included in his carry-on luggage.

On October 26, Snoop Dogg was arrested at an airport in Burbank, and booked for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and transportation of a controlled substance. He posted $35,000 bail. His publicist said the performer was scheduled to appear in court in December.

On April 26, Snoop Dogg and several members of his entourage were detained by police at London's Heathrow Airport after a skirmish that left seven police officers with minor injuries.

The incident happened after Snoop Dogg and his crew were told by the airline they would not be permitted to board a flight to Johannesburg, South Africa, Scotland Yard said. As police tried to direct the group to baggage reclaim, they became "abusive and pushed officers," according to Scotland Yard.

The seven police officers received minor injuries, including cuts and bruises, and one suffered a fractured hand.

While in England for his 1994 "Doggystyle" tour, he was nearly kicked out of the country after a Tory minister and British tabloids raised objections to his presence while he faced murder charges in the United States. He later was cleared of those charges.