Radio Rivalry May Have Led To Funkmaster Flex Arrest

Power 105.1 DJ says she's the one who pressed charges against Hot 97 personality.

NEW YORK — Funkmaster Flex was arrested and charged with third-degree assault on Sunday for allegedly attacking a woman outside of radio station Hot 97 three days earlier, police said.

Though a police spokesperson could offer no details on the victim, a representative for radio personality Stephanie "Steph Lova" Saunders said it was the female jock who pressed charges against Flex.

Saunders has worked as a VJ for MTV2 and also worked for Hot 97 (WQHT-FM) from April 1999 to June 2001. She has since found residence at the station's rival, WWPR-FM, better known as Power 105.1, hosting a weekend show and filling in on weekdays. Neither Lova nor Flex had any comment.

The Funkmaster, born Aston Taylor, is a popular on-air personality at Hot 97 as well as a recording artist and club DJ. Police said he turned himself in around noon on Sunday to face the misdemeanor charges. He appeared in front of judge later that day and was released on his own recognizance.

Since emerging on the New York radio scene earlier this year, Power 105.1 has become the bitter rival of Hot 97, engaging in a ratings war for hip-hop and R&B listeners. Things came to a head in June when Nas boycotted Hot 97's annual Summer Jam and appeared on Power 105.1 during the time he was supposed to be headlining the concert (see "Nas A No-Show At Summer Jam, Denies Planned Mock Lynching of Jay-Z"). It was Lova who was interviewing the Queensbridge MC when, among other things, he threw acidic salvos at Hot 97 and Funkmaster Flex.

[This story was updated at 6:00 P.M. EST on 09.23.02.]