The Weeknd avoids jail time after pleading no contest to punching a police officer

R&B artist has been given a fine, community service and ordered to complete anger management

R&B performer The Weeknd has pleaded no contest to charges of allegedly punching a police officer.

The incident in question is said to have taken place in January at the Cromwell Hotel in Las Vegas.

The artist (real name Abel Tesfaye) has appeared in court to enter his plea and will now avoid jail time, TMZ reports.

According to police reports, officers arrive at the scene to find Tesfaye in the middle of a fight. In attempting to pull Tesfaye into an elevator to restrain him, a police officer was allegedly punched in the head.

Tesfaye is now required to pay $1,000 (£650) in damages to the injured officer and will complete anger management, alcohol evaluation and 50 hours of community service.

The case will be later dismissed if Tesfaye meets the requirements.

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The Weeknd recently released his new album ‘Beauty Behind The Madness’. Featuring collaborations with Lana Del Rey and Ed Sheeran, the album reached Number One in both the UK and US.

Earlier this week, Tesfaye said that Taylor Swift couldn’t stop stroking his hair when she was drunk.