Coolio was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport on Saturday night (Saturday 17) for alleged possession of a stolen loaded gun.
TMZ has obtained footage of the rapper apparently being cuffed by an airport police officer after he allegedly attempted to take the firearm through security. The gun is said to have been discovered in a carry-on bag that was going through the X-ray screening belt.
At first, Coolio’s bodyguard reportedly claimed that the gun belonged to him, before the ‘Gangta’s Paradise’ rapper reportedly admitted it was his. Coolio – real name Artis Leon Ivey Jr. – was later booked into a local police station. According to the Los Angeles Daily News, Coolio’s bail was set at $37,808 (£38,900).
After leaving the station, Coolio posted a video of himself enjoying a Chinese meal on YouTube to reassure fans that he is doing well.
“Everything’s fine. I’m fine,” Coolio says in the video. “As you can see, I’m a P.F. Chang’s having a meal and having a few drinks. I mean, I don’t know what’s gonna be the result of this in the future, but for now, I’m fine and I appreciate everyone’s concerns.”
Watch Coolio’s video message to his fans below.