The rapper Jim Jones was arrested on Saturday following a brawl at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut. Crazy footage after the jump!
(CBS/AP) Rapper Jim Jones was arrested in a brawl after a party hosted by Sean “Diddy” Combs at the Foxwoods Resort Casino on Saturday.
Jones, whose “We Fly High” was one of 2007’s top-selling rap tracks, was charged with resisting arrest for an alleged assault on an officer and breach of peace, state police spokesman Lt. J. Paul Vance said.
Four others were arrested and charged in the fight that started at 2 a.m. in the foyer of the MGM Grand casino, where Combs headlined a “platinum party” as part of a 20th anniversary celebration for Foxwoods.
A state police detective was treated for minor injuries at a hospital and was released, police said. Vance said he was not certain how the altercation began.
Jones said on Twitter that he posted $40,000 in bond, adding later Saturday: “This is gettin blown way out of proportion.”
This is not the first time Jones has been in trouble with the law. In October, the rapper pleaded guilty to driving his Bentley with a suspended license, for which he paid a $200 fine, and in 2009, he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge for punching one of R&B star Ne-Yo’s friends at a Louis Vuitton boutique. He was sentenced to time served — the few hours he was in custody after turning himself in to police.
The 35-year-old rapper, born Joseph Jones, is one of the Diplomats, a Harlem-based rap crew. Besides “We Fly High,” his hits include “Pop Champagne.” He released a new album, “Capo,” in April.
According to TMZ.com, Jones was walking through the party hosted by Diddy at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods, when an intoxicated patron began arguing with Jones.
Jones allegedly ignored the taunts, but when the patron hit Jones in the face, the rapper fought back in self-defense.
Both sides then began to fight and it took five officers to calm the angry Harlem-bred rapper, who was arrested and has since been bonded out.
The hotel, Jones, and the Connecticut State Police have not responded to the reports at press time.
He later tweeted: “This is gettin blown way out of proportion. We all make mistakes thts why there is a forgiven God pray for me AMEN.”
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