LOS ANGELES -- Wanted in Virginia for failing to appear to answer charges of shoplifting, notorious Wu-Tang Clan rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard was arrested again Wednesday night, this time for making terrorist threats against a West Hollywood, Calif., club, according to police.
Attending a Des'ree concert at the House of Blues with a female companion, the
Wu-Tang Clan member and solo artist was causing a commotion inside the club before he was taken out by security and told he would not be allowed back in to the venue, according to Lt. Dave Long of the West Hollywood Sheriff's Department.
At that point, ODB began threatening the staff at the club, saying he would return with "his homies" to kill them, Long said.
"He was causing a disturbance inside the nightclub, and some of the patrons were complaining about his behavior," Long said. "Security asked him to step outside and once he did so, they informed him that he would not be returning to the nightclub. He became extremely upset and started uttering threats at the establishment and the security guards, and they called the police."
Long said ODB threatened to "basically come back with his homies of his clan to kill them," adding that the rapper was addressing the security guards and that the language he used may have been somewhat different.
The House of Blues publicity office did not return calls by press time.
ODB's New York attorney, Peter Frankel, said Thursday afternoon (Sept. 17) that he had few details on the alleged incident and offered only a succinct comment on the matter. "We'll be dealing with it," he said.
Arrested under his real name, Russell Tyrone Jones, ODB spent the night in jail and was in the process of being released on $50,000 bail at 2 p.m. Thursday. His arraignment date is set for Oct. 8.
Officer Bowman, the jailer who answered the phone in the jailer's office and would not give his first name, described ODB's behavior in jail as "fine."
For ODB, the House of Blues arrest is only the latest in a months-long string of legal escapades.
In Virginia, the rapper is still considered a fugitive by local authorities. Last month, a judge in Virginia Beach, Va., issued three warrants for his arrest on contempt-of-court charges, after ODB failed on three occasions to appear for hearings on charges of shoplifting a pair of $50 Nike sneakers in July.
Each of the contempt charges, plus the original shoplifting charge, carries a maximum fine of $2,500 and/or a year in prison. Frankel had no comment on the shoplifting matter on Thursday.
Long was not aware of ODB's fugitive status in Virginia but said it had no bearing in this case. "I would think for something as small as that, they're not going to extradite him ... they'll just slap it on him if he shows back in Virginia," Long said.
Only days before the alleged shoplifting incident, ODB himself was the victim of what police say was a robbery and shooting in Brooklyn, N.Y. Police have yet to make an arrest in that case.
In addition, the rapper has also been the alleged victim of a car theft and he has appeared in court on several occasions to address since-resolved charges of nonpayment of child support.
The rapper recently completed a solo tour, the first by a member of the highly acclaimed Wu-Tang Clan rap crew.