News: Coolio Pleads Guilty To Cocaine Possession, Cops Plea Deal
Friday, Jun 26, 2009 6:24PM
Rapper-turned-actor Artis "Coolio" Ivey has reportedly pleaded guilty to drug possession today (June 26) and will be forced to enter a drug rehabilitation program.
The popular 1990's rapper was able to have two charges dropped against him after appearing in court Friday afternoon.
He pleaded guilty today to one felony count of possession of a controlled substance, cocaine. Ivey, 45, will enter an 18-month drug rehabilitation program, known as Deferred Entry of Judgment, said Deputy District Attorney Cynthia Inda. If he successfully completes the program, he can request that the judge dismiss his case at the end of 18 months. He is scheduled to return September 28 at LAX Superior Court for a progress report. (Los Angeles Daily News)
A judge reportedly urged Coolio to accept a plea deal last month.
The case involving Coolio was extended until June 26 in a Los Angeles court Friday. At Friday's court session, which lasted about 20 minutes, the judge told the rapper he should strongly consider a plea bargain. The rapper did not wear his Sunday best for the proceeding, clad in a multi-colored sport coat, jeans and tennis shoes, with his trademark crazy hair. RadarOnline.com has learned he was accompanied by his girlfriend and six supporters. (Radar Online)
He recently pleaded innocence in an interview earlier this year.
"Everybody got a family member or a friend that's into something that you can't control those types of situations," Coolio explained. "I just happened to get caught up in the scene...It was just a situation I had no control of, something was in my bag and I didn't even know it was in my bag. They could have did DNA and all kinds of stuff to find out if it was mine but they didn't. They just got the bag and assumed it was mine...If you do bring drugs to the airport, you don't put 'em in your bag you put 'em in your pocket. I used to smoke marijuana and I traveled with it for years, never put it in my bag. I always had it in my pocket. I'm not dumb like that but you know...That was some bullsh*t. The unfortuante thing about this is when my name is cleared, more people are not gonna hear about it than heard about it. That's life in the city, that's life of a celebrity. My family and friends know it's not me. God knows it's not me. In essence I don't give a f*ck." (TMZ)
His publicized arrest took place 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 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)