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Cheating sparks argument, ends in Flavor Flav’s arrest, police report indicates

Updated Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012 | 4:48 p.m.

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William Drayton Jr., aka Flavor Flav

William Drayton Jr., aka Flavor Flav

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An argument between reality TV star Flavor Flav and his fiancée of eight years over his cheating on their relationship escalated into a physical confrontation and resulted in the former hip hop singer’s arrest early Wednesday at their Las Vegas home.

Flavor Flav, 53, whose real name is William Drayton Jr., was arrested on counts of assault and battery and assault with a deadly weapon, Metro Police said.

A domestic battery report released Wednesday afternoon by Metro indicated police were called around 3:30 a.m. to the Via Ventura Court home shared by Drayton and his 39-year-old fiancée.

The woman told police she had confronted Drayton for cheating on her. The argument became physical, the woman told police, when Drayton grabbed her and twice threw her to the ground. During the scuffle one of her earrings was ripped out causing her to bleed.

The woman told police her 17-year-old son then confronted Drayton, and the two males began fighting. Drayton, the woman told police, grabbed two knives from the kitchen, began chasing the teen and threatened to kill him. The boy ran upstairs to a room and locked himself and his sister inside.

Drayton, still holding both knives, kicked the door open and made additional threats to kill the 17-year-old.

When police arrived, Drayton confirmed the accounts related by the teen and his mother, except that Drayton denied chasing and threatening to kill the boy.

Drayton, the police report noted, suffered a cut on his hand from one of the knives.

Clark County property records list Drayton and his fiancée as co-owners in joint tenancy of the house at 7896 Via Ventura Court.

Drayton was part of the hip-hop group Public Enemy and later starred in the reality TV shows “Flavor of Love,” “The Surreal Life” and “Strange Life." Flavor Flav is known for wearing a necklace with a giant analog clock.

The entertainer has lived in Las Vegas for the past eight years. During that time, he has been photographed with Strip headliners Criss Angel and Carrot Top and other celebrities. He celebrated his 50th birthday at the Mirage,

Flavor Flav has become a fixture at UNLV home basketball games, where during the 2011-12 season he was seen performing with the pep band and participating in halftime contests. In 2011, he launched LeFLAV, a signature vodka line, in Las Vegas. Earlier this year, he was on hand for the opening of Flavor Flav's House of Flavor, a restaurant at 3333 S. Maryland Parkway that offered such menu items as fried chicken, fried shrimp and red velvet waffles. The restaurant closed, but on Labor Day the House of Flavor concession opened inside Blondies Sports Bar & Grill in the Miracle Mile Shops at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.

Earlier this year, he appeared with Las Vegas headliner Elton John in Pepsi's much-heralded Super Bowl commercial.

Drayton had a brief run-in with Metro Police in May 2011, when he was arrested in connection with misdemeanor traffic warrants.

A Las Vegas Justice Court official said Drayton posted bail and was out of jail.

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  1. If he weren't Flavor Flav he'd have a lower bail.
    Just sayin'!

  2. Kick'em to the curb, Flavor Flay. Where is it written you have to support your fiancee son. I would say the son is the problem.

  3. Michael Kratz,

    Yep, must be the boys fault that Drayton cheated on his girl, then tossed her to the ground and chased her kid with knife.

    Who would not want a kid like that out of the house. Should they toss out the little sister also?

    Never saw a bail amount in this article, must have been high for Ashley to think it should be lower.

  4. @ Vegaslee, I believe the article quoted the bail at 23,000. Which seems absurd for domestic violence. Our local government cant even keep repeat habitual offenders off the street who pimp and have major drug busts, but they're going to lock and key a celebrity at a high bail amount. Seems biased based on his potential bank account.

  5. @ AshleyAshley...I'm sure you can cite a few cases were pimps and hard core drug dealers are free on less bail than Flav. Bail is based on one's likeliness to appear and face one's charges. Flav has resources available to skip a as we can see from "brief run-in with Metro Police in May 2011, when he was arrested in connection with misdemeanor traffic warrants." He has a history of shirking his resposibities. Add that all up and he clearly needs some financial motivation to appear in court.

    Now, while I don't at all defend his alleged actions, this woman has been with FF for eight years and suddenly has a problem with his cheating. Why complain now? That ship sailed 7 years and 11 months ago.

  6. Does this mean he won't be cooking at his restaurant?

  7. @Vegasbike....Considering we learn in the last paragraph that it is no longer open, I would say that's a safe bet.

  8. @BGHS - 'Now, while I don't at all defend his alleged actions, this woman has been with FF for eight years and suddenly has a problem with his cheating. Why complain now? That ship sailed 7 years and 11 months ago.'

    I'm gonna call crap on this, the guy was on two dating shows, and another reality show where he had a love interest within the last decade. I find it hard to believe that he and this woman had a steady relationship for the last 8 or so years he was with other women on tv and in the media. Not buying that. Let's call it fact or crap commentary.

    And the idea of bond shouldn't be to attack someone's financial assets, it should be to keep them where they are sitting and teach them a lesson. Justice is blind? Not in Nevada.

  9. The story must have been updated because it states the girlfriend is 39 years old, not 29.