MALIBU—Hip-hop artist and producer Dr. Dre, 51, was handcuffed outside of his Malibu home on Monday, July 25 when police responded to a reported confrontation with a motorist, TMZ reported.
Dr. Dre, whose name is legally Andre Young was accused of brandishing a firearm and the complainant ordered a “private person’s arrest” of him; in Los Angeles County, a private person can request a citizen’s arrest involving an alleged misdemeanor, even if a law enforcement officer was not present to witness it.
The male complainant told deputies that he stopped in front of Dre’s home on Pacific Coast Highway and was ordered to move his vehicle when the rapper/producer arrived home and was attempting to place his vehicle in his garage. The individual moved his car, but according to reports an argument arose between both parties. He claims that Dr. Dre brandished a handgun at him.
At approximately 11:15 a.m., Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies arrived at the scene and detained the music mogul.
Due to the nature of the call, Dre was put in handcuffs and “searched, handcuffed, and briefly detained in a patrol car” while law enforcement officials investigated the incident, according to the LA County Sheriff’s Department.
Dre told deputies that the accuser parked directly in front of his home and was blocking the driveway, adding that he asked the man to leave, and he drove way, immediately returned, and parked near the same location. He said he pulled out his cellphone to film the man and that’s when he drove off. The rapper denied all allegations of possessing a gun and threatening the man.
The sheriff’s department clarified that Dre was not arrested or taken into custody, but confirmed that he was issued a citation. No weapon was found by authorities. TMZ reported that a source informed them the complainant stated when Dr. Dre was pulling out his cell phone, “Here we go again, another black guy with a gun.” The case will be handed over to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office to determine if any charges will be filed.
Anyone with information relating to the case was urged to call the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Detectives at (818) 878-1808. Callers wishing to remain anonymous can call Los Angeles County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.