Four days after signing a new Reebok endorsement deal, Fabolous was arrested for the third time this year on Monday, outside Manhattan’s Webster Hall nightclub, where he was scheduled to perform. Bouncers turned the rapper, his bodyguard, and three others away when they found a gun on the bodyguard, Roger Renrick, according to reports in the New York Post and New York Daily News. When Renrick left his gun in the entourage’s parked van, the bouncers called the police, who arrested the five men on gun possession charges.
The 25-year-old rapper (real name: John Jackson) was freed on $2,500 bail. At his arraignment, his lawyer argued that the gun belonged not to the rapper but to bodyguard Renrick, who the lawyer said had a Massachusetts permit for the weapon.
”I hope the case is being dismissed; it’s giving me a bad name. I’m innocent,” he told the Post. ”Some people may say [guns] give you street credibility, but it doesn’t work for me. It hurts a lot of things, like endorsements.” Fabolous had recently filmed a sneaker ad with fellow rapper Eve. His current album, ”Street Dreams,” is at No. 7 on the Billboard album chart.
The case echoes the rapper’s arrest in January, when police in Brooklyn allegedly found two guns in a van he was riding in after stopping the driver for running a red light. Hours earlier, New York police had held Fabolous overnight for allegedly making an illegal turn and driving with a suspended license.