[artist id="1237480"]G-Unit[/artist]'s [artist id="1245018"]Lloyd Banks[/artist] is being held by police in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, on assault and robbery charges after an incident involving a local promoter on Friday night. Authorities say that Banks and three others assaulted the promoter after the G-Unit member performed at Club NV in nearby Brantford late Friday night.
Sergeant Brad Finucan of the Waterloo Regional Police's Criminal Investigations branch told MTV News on Sunday (January 10) that Banks (real name: Christopher Lloyd) and three associates got into a dispute with the promoter at a local hotel over payment for performance and an appearance fee. The promoter's name was withheld by police.
The promoter alleged that early Saturday morning the lyricist and three associates — Nicklas Sloane, Shawn McGee, and Tyrell Cooper — held him in his hotel room against his will, assaulted and robbed him. All four men were charged with forceful confinement, aggravated assault and robbery. The four made a video court appearance on Sunday afternoon (January 10) and are due to appear in court again early this week. They remained in police custody at press time.
At press time, a rep for G-Unit had no comment after being contacted by MTV News.
While they have performed sporadically in the United States in recent years, Banks, along with 50 Cent and G-Unit, have performed extensively outside of the country.
Banks was arrested on gun-possession charges in New York in August of 2005 after G-Unit's appearance during the Anger Management 3 tour at New York's Madison Square Garden, which ended with Young Buck shouting "F--- the police!," Buck, Banks and their entourages were traveling in a van when their vehicle was pulled over in Manhattan for allegedly running a red light. Upon inspection, two guns were found.