Flavor Flav was back in a Long Island courtroom Tuesday for another appearance after his arrest on unlicensed driving and marijuana possession charges after being pulled over for allegedly speeding to his mother’s funeral, The Associated Press reported March 25.
The rapper – whose real name is William Drayton – was ordered to return to court on May 16. His defense lawyer Indji Bessim would only say she was “still conferencing the matter” with prosecutors and declined further comment.
Outside the courtroom, Drayton – sporting his signature clock necklace – said he was confident the charges against him will soon be resolved, referring to his criminal case as “operation no choice.”
“Hopefully by my next court date we can get this thing resolved,” he said as he walked down a courthouse hallway. “This is in my way, but it’s going to be alright though.”
Drayton was arrested in January and charged with first-degree unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, speeding and unlawful possession of marijuana after state troopers stopped him on the Meadowbrook State Parkway in Uniondale.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer was on the way to his mother’s funeral when a trooper clocked him traveling more than 20 mph above the speed limit, according to police. When he was pulled over, police found his license was revoked and he was in possession of three grams of marijuana, court documents said. He was arrested at the scene and later released on an appearance ticket.
In addition to the New York case, Drayton also has active criminal charges in Las Vegas – where he currently lives – after he was arrested and charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon and endangering the welfare of a child. Prosecutors in Nevada have said the charges stem from an incident in which Drayton allegedly threatened his girlfriend’s 17-year-old son with a butcher knife during an argument.
Asked about the charges in Las Vegas, which are expected to reach trial in April, Drayton responded: “You know the stuff I got going on in Vegas, that’s about to go away too. All of this stuff is about to go away.”
“Everything with Flav all around the board is gunna be alright,” he said. “I guarantee y’all.”