NEW YORK (AP) — A Brooklyn rapper has been released without bail on misdemeanor charges after a gun charge was dropped.
The Daily News reports Sidney Royel Selby III — whose stage name is Desiigner — was released Saturday after appearing in Manhattan Criminal Court on menacing and drug possession charges.
The newspaper said Desiigner’s lawyer said claims about a gun were bogus and no weapon was found.
On Friday, New York City police said the “Panda” performer was pulled over Thursday night in midtown Manhattan after a road rage dispute in a tunnel connecting Manhattan and New Jersey.
Police had said another driver claimed the 19-year-old rapper waved a handgun while exiting the tunnel.
Desiigner emerged from court saying, when “you’re doing right … keeping it positive, they can’t lock you down.”
Desiigner and four others were arrested Thursday night in New York City following a road rage encounter that led to felony drug and weapons charges, according to TMZ.
It all started when a screaming match broke out between people in the SUV carrying Desiigner and the driver of another vehicle, the website reported. The driver of the other car called 911 and claimed the rapper pointed a gun at him.
The SUV left, but the driver of the car took down the license plate number. Police eventually found the SUV, searched it, and discovered a large quantity of loose pills in the center console, including Oxycontin, according to TMZ.
Desiigner and four others in the SUV were arrested and charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal possession of drugs with intent to sell, which are felonies.
Desiigner was also charged with felony criminal possession of a loaded weapon and menacing, for allegedly pointing a gun at the other driver.
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