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Rapper ‘Flavor Flav’ Arrested

January 10, 1992

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) _ Rap star Flavor Flav of the group Public Enemy was freed on bail Thursday following his arrest for a traffic violation.

The singer, whose real name is William Drayton, pleaded innocent at Nassau First District Court. He then went to Nassau Family Court to answer a charge he punched his ex-girlfriend, Karren Ross, in the face last February. The status of that case wasn’t disclosed Thursday.

Drayton, 32, was arrested Wednesday night after police stopped the van he was driving for having flashing lights around the license plate, an equipment violation, said Nassau Police spokesman Robert Totans.

A computer check showed an outstanding warrant for a previous traffic violation and a family court warrant for punching his girlfriend, Totans said.

Police said Drayton, freed on $1,000 bail, was due back in traffic court Jan. 27.

Controversy often has accompanied Public Enemy’s success. Its third album, ″Fear of a Black Planet,″ sold 1.5 million copies. The group’s latest video, released this week, depicts Public Enemy killing fictitious Arizona officials for refusing to make Martin Luther King Jr. Day a state holiday.

Public Enemy’s album ″Apocalypse 91...The Enemy Strikes Black″ was nominated Wednesday for a Grammy Award for best rap performance by a group.

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