Grammy-winning actor/rapper [artist id="927"]Coolio[/artist] (born Artis Leon Ivey Jr.) was reportedly arrested at Los Angeles International Airport on Friday afternoon and booked for possession of narcotics, according to Reuters.
The rapper and reality TV star, best known for his 1995 hit “Gangsta’s Paradise,” was going through airport security to get to his Southwest Airlines flight when a screener found crack cocaine on his body, TMZ reported.
Citing unnamed sources, TMZ reported that when confronted, Coolio allegedly got “physical” with the screener and was then booked for suspicion of cocaine possession.
The LAX Police Department released this statement on the incident: “At approximately 10:38 a.m., rap star ‘Coolio,’ real name Artis Leon Ivey, Jr., 45, was taken into custody for possession of illegal substance in Terminal 1. He is en route to the Pacific Division station for booking.”
A spokesperson for the LAPD said they had no further information at press time on what substance the rapper was allegedly in possession of or if the potential charge is a felony or misdemeanor count.
Coolio has not had a chart hit in nearly a decade, but he has made a second career as an actor, appearing on “Charmed” and “Futurama,” as well as a number of reality shows, including “Celebrity Fear Factor,” “Celebrity Bootcamp” and the recent online cooking show, “Cookin’ With Coolio.” Last year, he and his family starred in the Oxygen network reality show “Coolio’s Rules,” and he was seen in the British “Celebrity Big Brother” program in January, alongside such C-list celebrities as LaToya Jackson, buxom English pinup Lucy Pinder and Verne Troyer.
Coolio was in the news several weeks ago, when he was robbed of his shoes and some jewels by members of the crowd after stage diving during his performance at Staffordshire University in England, according to the British tabloid the Daily Star.