Five Of Six Charges Against Nate Dogg Dropped

Rapper cleared of alleged kidnapping but still faces weapons count.

A California judge has dropped five charges against Nate Dogg stemming from the alleged kidnapping of his ex-girlfriend, but the Dogg Pound rapper is still in some hot water.

There is sufficient evidence to hold the rapper to a sixth charge of possessing a firearm as a felon, the Los Cerritos Superior Court judge ruled Wednesday. He dismissed an arson charge for lack of evidence, while charges of kidnapping, domestic abuse, battery and terrorist threats were dropped because his ex-girlfriend wouldn't cooperate with prosecutors, a spokesperson for the district attorney said.

The 31-year-old rapper (born Nathaniel Dawayne Hale) had played two dates on Dr. Dre's Up in Smoke tour when he was arrested at his Pomona, California, house in June for allegedly holding his ex against her will, assaulting her and setting her mother's car on fire. The Los Angeles County SWAT team busted the rapper (see [article id="1432598"]"Nate Dogg Arrested By SWAT Team"[/article]). He quickly re-joined the hip-hop bill after posting $1 million bail.

Officers allegedly found a firearm in his home when they arrested him, resulting in the weapons charge, according to the Associated Press. Nate Dogg cannot legally possess a weapon because he was convicted in a 1996 drug case.

He is scheduled to be arraigned in a Norwalk, California, court on March 28.

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