Rap veteran Tone Loc has decided to continue his fight in the courtroom by pleading not guilty to domestic violence-related charges stemming from his June 2011 arrest.
Details of his plea landed online late Thursday (July 14) evening.
The artist, whose real name is Anthony Smith, entered the plea in a Burbank, Calif., courthouse on Thursday. Known for the hits “Wild Thing” and “Funky Cold Medina,” Smith was arrested in the city which is north of Los Angeles on June 18. He also faces a felony possession of an assault weapon charge because Burbank police discovered the rapper has an unregistered Colt AR-15 rifle. (Washington Post)
While Loc has pleaded not guilty, he is still due in court later this month.
Tone Loc, born Anthony Terrell Smith, was busted after allegedly roughing up the mother of his child at her apartment in Burbank. While investigating, officers say they also found an unregistered Colt AR-15 Sporter rifle in his possession. He was formally charged yesterday and a preliminary hearing has been set for July 28. (E! Online)
The rapper was arrested on June 18th in Burbank, California.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ … Loc (real name Anthony Smith) was arrested yesterday around 2:45 PM at an apartment complex in Burbank, CA. We’re told he was taken in without incident andbooked into jail a few hours later. He is currently being held on $50,000 — and, as of this posting, has yet to be released. (TMZ)
Tone Loc is most known for making hits around the early 1990’s.
Tone-Loc (born Anthony Smith) soared from obscurity into pop stardom in 1989 when his hoarse voice and unmistakable delivery made the song “Wild Thing” (using a sample from Van Halen‘s “Jamie’s Cryin'”) a massive hit. The song was co-written by Marvin Young, better known as Young MC, as was the second single smash, “Funky Cold Medina.” The album Loc-ed After Dark became the second rap release ever to top the pop charts. Tone-Loc expanded his horizons into acting in 1992 and 1993, appearing a few times on the Fox sitcom Roc. He was also in the films Posse and Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, and in 1991 returned to recording with Cool Hand Loc. (All Music)
Check out Tone Loc’s “Wild Thing” down below: