“Panda” rapper Desiigner was arrested on Thursday night in New York for felony drug and weapons charges; but it’s what lead to the rapper being behind bars that really takes the cake.
TMZ first broke the news; the rapper was in a white Range Rover with a group of his friends when he got involved in a road rage incident. The driver of the other car called 911 and claimed someone in the SUV pointed a gun at them.
The SUV took off, but fortunately, the second party took down the license plate number.
Officials eventually located the car, only to find a large amount of Oxycontin and other drugs in the center console. According to TMZ, Desiigner and four other men were taken into custody and charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal possession of drugs with intent to sell.
Sidney Royel Selby III, the rapper’s legal name, was also hit with felony criminal possession of a loaded weapon for brandishing a gun.
According to reports, the rapper has not posted bail and is expected in court later this morning.
Exclusive: The Bullet Scars That Will Forever Haunt Sheryl Lee Ralph’s Son, Etienne Maurice
Sheryl Lee Ralph shared a graphic photo on Instagram earlier this week of her son, Etienne Maurice, laying in a hospital bed bandaged up from bullet wounds. The purpose of the image was to be yet another voice calling to end gun violence.
On Wednesday, students across the country walked out of class to protest against gun violence, something that hit home for Ralph four years ago. “This mother wants #gunreform now! #guncontrol now,” she wrote.
It was during a night out in West Philadelphia that Ralph’s then 22-year-old child was robbed at gunpoint and shot three times; twice in the leg and one which grazed his forehead.
So as Ralph joined Wednesday’s national conversation about gun laws, HipHollywood talked exclusively with Etienne who shared exactly what went down the night a gun could have taken his life for good.
“I was shot four years ago, November 9 … I was black out drunk. The next thing I know I remember I woke up in the hospital, doctor said I had two bullet holes in my leg and a grazed bullet hole above my eyebrow.”
Maurice, who was robbed for his iPhone and his wallet, went on to tell us that this is something that he is reminded of constantly. “Having been shot is something that I carry with me every day. I still have numbness at the bottom of my leg from the nerve damage.”
And while he will always remember how he felt knowing his life almost ended, Etienne had a hard time fathoming how his famous mother felt. “We had the conversation about it last week and she said she peed on herself,” he told us.
For Maurice, he’s proud to see young children use their voices to make change. “There’s so many angles where we can talk about gun violence and how it’s effecting different communities,” he said. “Gun reform needs to take place now.”
Since that night, he hasn’t picked up a drink and has been now sober for four years. As for the suspects, a father-son duo, they are behind bars for attempted man slaughter.
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