Desiigner: Felony gun charge against Panda rapper dropped
The 'Panda' rapper now faces two original misdemeanor charges
UPDATE: According to New York State online court records, the district attorney has dropped two felony charges — criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell — against Desiigner. The rapper is still scheduled to appear in court Saturday to face two other misdemeanor charges: criminal possession of a controlled substance, and third-degree menacing.
Police tell TMZ no gun was found during their search of the SUV in which Desiigner was a passenger. Prosecutors charged him with criminal possession of a weapon based on the account of the driver of another car.
EARLIER: Desiigner has been arrested on drug and gun charges following a roadside dispute, according to multiple reports.
The 19-year-old Brooklyn rapper, whose real name is Sidney Royel Selby III, was stopped by police after an altercation that appears to have started in New York’s Lincoln Tunnel around 1 a.m. on Friday morning, ABC reports.
He allegedly threatened another driver with a gun after the two exchanged words. The motorist then called 911 and gave a description of Desiigner’s white Range Rover. Law enforcement later pulled him over and reportedly discovered Oxycontin and a loaded fire arm plainly visible in his car’s console.
Desiigner was charged with criminal possession of a weapon, criminal possession of controlled substance with intent to sell, and third-degree menacing. Four other people in the SUV were also arrested and charged. They were still in custody as of this morning, according to Pitchfork.
Desiigner is best known for his breakout single “Panda,” which shot to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in April and earned him a record deal with Kanye West. He released his debut LP, New English, in June, after appearing on West’s seventh studio album, The Life of Pablo, in February.
Representatives for Desiigner did not immediately respond to EW’s request for comment.