Imprisoned WU-TANG CLAN rapper OL’ DIRTY BASTARD allegedly asked police to “make the rocks disappear” when arrested and found in possession of crack cocaine and marijuana in July 1999, a NEW YORK court was told yesterday (January 2).
The rapper, real name Russell Jones, pleaded not guilty to possession of 20 bags of crack and a quantity of marijuana, but was remanded without bail to appear again on February 9.
Court officials in the Queens district in New York were originally prevented from bringing the drugs charges (which also resulted in charges of running through a red light and driving without a licence) when ODB was sent to a drug rehabilitation centre in Pasadena on the order of a Californian court. He was arrested outside a McDonalds in Philadelphia during November last year after absconding from the programme. Aside from the charges on the East Coast, he still faces a number of charges in California.
“Make the rocks disappear, the kids look up to me. They listen to my music; I’m a role model,” prosecutor Ken Holder alleged ODB told to the police on his original arrest. The rapper, currently being held at the Queens Men’s House of Detention, is also alleged to have said: “I have a licence, but I don’t have it on me. I ain’t got no I.D. on me. Can you make the drugs disappear? The marijuana charge, I’ll take. Make the rocks disappear, the kids look up to me. They listen to my music; I’m a role model. Do the right thing. You’re gonna know who I am.”
The star’s lawyer Peter Frankel said he would contest the statement if the case went to trial.