Ol' Dirty Bastard Bails Out On Crack Cocaine Charge

The rapper missed a court date on the West Coast, and a bench warrant is being held until Wednesday.

Ol' Dirty Bastard was released on $750 bail Monday night after being arrested early that

morning in Brooklyn, N.Y., for alleged possession of crack cocaine, according to Theresa

General, spokesperson for the Brooklyn district attorney's office.

The troubled Wu-Tang Clan rapper (born Russell Tyrone Jones) is charged with criminal

possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a misdemeanor. He was

also charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. He is scheduled

to answer the charge in Brooklyn Criminal Court on April 22.

ODB, 30, allegedly was found with three glassine envelopes of crack

cocaine after police noticed his unoccupied Range Rover double-parked

outside a Brooklyn store between 1 and 2 a.m. Monday.

ODB complied when police asked him to move the vehicle, but his lack of

a driver's license, registration or license plates led police to run a

check on him. ODB was arrested after police said they learned that he

had failed to pay child support and that his license was suspended.

Then when police searched the rapper, they allegedly found the crack cocaine.

On Tuesday morning (March 23), a bench warrant was issued for the rapper

on the opposite coast, after ODB failed to appear for a hearing

regarding a felony charge that he illegally wore a bulletproof vest on

the streets of Los Angeles.

However, Los Angeles Municipal Judge Richard Berry agreed to temporarily

hold the warrant until Wednesday (March 24) at the request of ODB's

attorney, Kevin Barnes. Barnes explained that his client's New York

arrest prevented him from appearing for the hearing, according to a

court clerk.

ODB is now due in Berry's courtroom Wednesday morning, or the bench

warrant will be issued formally.

Prior to his drug arrest, the rapper -- who has said he fears for his

safety following attempts on his life -- was charged in Los Angeles on

Feb. 16 under a new law that forbids possession of body armor by

convicted violent felons. The law applies to ODB because he was

convicted in 1993 of assault in New York.

Two additional Los Angeles cases, each alleging the rapper made

terrorist threats, are scheduled to go to trial next month.

Earlier this year, attempted-murder charges alleging that ODB fired his

gun at Brooklyn police were dismissed due to insufficient evidence. He

has vowed to sue police over the incident.

ODB has spent the last several months working on Nigga Please,

the follow-up to his 1995 debut album, Return to the 36 Chambers: The

Dirty Version. That album included such songs as

"Baby C'mon"

(RealAudio excerpt) and "Drunk Game (Sweet Sugar Pie)"

(RealAudio excerpt).