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Rapper Flavor Flav Arrested for Assault With a Deadly Weapon

William Drayton, aka Flavor Flav

William Drayton, aka Flavor Flav

Rapper Flavor Flav, William J. Drayton, 53, was arrested on October 17, 2012, in Las Vegas, Nevada, after police were called to his house at about 3:30 a.m. on a domestic charge. The former member of militant rap group Public Enemy was reportedly arguing with his fiancée of eight years, Elizabeth Trujillo, 39. According to police, the two were involved in a “verbal altercation due to Drayton cheating on Trujillo,” and at one point, “Drayton became physical.” Trujillo told police that, “Drayton grabbed her by the shoulders, stomach and arms, and threw her to the ground two separate times,” ripping out an earring, before her son, Gibran, 17, stepped in to stop Drayton while Trujillo called 911. The teen later told police that it was then that Drayton, who is 5-and-half-feet tall and weighs 131 pounds, grabbed two knives from the kitchen and chased the six-foot-tall, 175-pound Gibran with them “around the living room, threatening to kill Gibran.” When Gibran tried to hide by locking himself with his sister, Kayla, in her room, Drayton kicked in the door and continued chasing and threatening Gibran. Drayton “confirmed the stories told by Gibran and Trujillo,” but denies that he chased and threatened the teen’s life. Drayton was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon and battery. Bail was set at $23,000.

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