News: Petey Pablo Explains Airport Arrest, "I Did Something I Thought Was Right At The Time" [Video]
Monday, Sep 13, 2010 11:11PM
Southern rapper Petey Pablo has explained last weekend's arrest at a North Carolina airport when he was taken into police custody on a gun possession charge.
Speaking on a local radio show, Pablo said he mistakenly thought his misplaced gun was a laptop.
Initially asked if the act was a publicity stunt, the convicted felon who attempted to bring a pistol onto an airplane via a carry-on bag revealed that he simply forgot about the weapon. "[It] looks terrible," admitted the former Jive Records artist who now heads up CMG - Carolina Music Group. "A lot of people were disappointed. Understand, the situation...anybody that knows me knows that I ain't gonna do nothin' stupid," continued Petey. Speaking about his culture, the "Raise Up" hit-maker asserted, "We don't do stupid things." Claiming that he believed the bag was weighted down with the two Apple laptops he frequently travels with, Petey Pablo acknowledged his mistake. "At the same time, I apologize to anybody that I may have let down. Understand, I did something that I thought was right at the time." (Hip Hop DX)
Earlier today, Petey briefly hit up Twitter to speak on heading to court.
"Okay tell u what let try this one more time at the airport people pray for me," he tweeted Monday (September 13).
"@JuliaBeverly smooth and no problems thanks B."
"Now yall know I aint spose to be tweetin in this court room but I need yall to let somebody know where I am .lol never know" (Petey Pablo's Twitter)
Details on his arrest hit the Internet Saturday morning.
Raleigh-Durham International Airport spokeswoman Mindy Hamlin says 37-year-old Petey Pablo -- whose real name is Moses Barrett III -- was arrested Saturday morning. He is charged with being a felon with a gun and carrying a concealed, stolen weapon. Hamlin says Transportation Security Administration agents found a gun in the rapper's carry-on luggage. (Associated Press)
Despite the seriousness of the incident, Pablo was reportedly released shortly afterward on bail.
According to cops, Pablo was busted at Raleigh-Durham International Airport -- he was allegedly on his way to Los Angeles and the MTV Video Music Awards. We're told the rapper was going through security and the gun was spotted in his carry-on bag -- security then called airport police. Pablo, real name Moses Barrett III, was charged with carrying a concealed weapon, possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of a stolen firearm. We're told he posted $50,000 and was released. (TMZ)
Check out Petey Pablo's interview below: