News: Update: Coolio Pleads "Not Guilty" To Crack Possession, Faces 3 Years In Prison
Friday, Apr 3, 2009 4:29PM
Grammy-winning rapper Coolio pleaded not guilty to felony drug charges today (April 3) stemming from an arrest earlier this year at Los Angeles International Airport.
The rapper-turned-actor appeared in court Friday to make his case.
Coolio pled not guilty to a felony charge of cocaine possession and two other misdemeanors this morning. fter Coolio rolled into court two hours late, the judge went off on the rapper, pounding into his oddly-styled head that he's gotta be on time when he's due back in court on April 20th. Coolio faces up to three years in state prison if he's convicted. (TMZ)
He received multiple drug-related charges last month.
Coolio was charged with one felony count of possession, and one misdemeanor count each of battery and possession of paraphernalia. He was released on $10,000 bail and is scheduled for arraignment April 3. (Associated Press)
As a result of his arrest, the rapper's International tour was canceled.
Coolio's Oz tour canceled after drug charge. The rapper has been forced to cancel his Australian tour after the Grammy-winning emcee was charged with drug possession. A spokeswoman for Coolio's Australian tour says the pending charges mean he will be unable to travel Down Under. He was due to kick off his tour in Melbourne this Friday, before heading to Perth, Sydney and the Gold Coast. It is unclear whether the shows will be re-scheduled. (ABC News)
His publicized incident took place in early March at Los Angeles International Airport.
The Grammy-winning performer, whose real name is Artis Leon Ivey, was taken into custody at the airport on Friday (March 6) after authorities said they found the drug and a crack pipe in his luggage. The battery charge was included because the performer grabbed an airport screener's arm to prevent the search of his luggage, said Jane Robison, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney. He faces a maximum sentence of three years in state prison if convicted and is scheduled to appear in court on April 3. (Reuters)[Find out more about your favorite rappers and their upcoming court dates by going here]