The arrest comes after leaving a New York nightclub...

Rapper JAY-Z has been arrested on a gun charge in NEW YORK.

According to MTV news in the US, the rapper, real name Shawn Carter, and Hamza Hewitt, previously identified in the American media as his bodyguard, were arrested in the early hours of this morning (April 13), after police claimed to have found a loaded gun in Hewitt’s waistband.

According to police, Hewitt was seen to remove a gun from outside a vehicle parked near Club Exit in Manhattan. Hewitt and Jay-Z, accompanied by two other men then got into the car and drove off.


The car was stopped by police, who claim to have found a loaded Glock .40-caliber gun on Hewitt’s person. He was arrested, along with the other occupants of the car, including Jay-Z.

According to the MTV report, at present, all four have been charged with criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree.

According to New York law, if police found the weapon in the car, all its occupants may be charged.

The rapper had been at the club earlier in the evening where he had made a surprise appearance on stage as part of a set by fellow rapper Ja Rule.

Jay-Z is also due in court this coming Monday (April 16), charged with stabbing a music industry executive Lance Rivera.

NME.COM will bring updates as they occur.