In yet one more brush with law enforcement, Snoop Doggy Dogg and another rapper were issued citations for possession of marijuana, following a comedy show at the Universal Amphitheatre, sheriff's deputies said Saturday.
Snoop Doggy Dogg, 26, whose real name is Calvin Broadus, and Delmar Arnaud, also 26, were given citations for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana at a Def Comedy Jam performance Friday night, said Sgt. Tom Bryski of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
Broadus is believed to be on three years probation from a 1997 conviction for possessing a weapon and for a previous parole violation.
Broadus told sheriff's deputies that after the two performed at 11 p.m., he went outside to a patio area and was followed by four to six men. Broadus told deputies that one man in the group slapped him for no reason and then fled with the others.
As Broadus reported the incident to deputies, they searched the two rappers because they smelled of marijuana, authorities said. The deputies found less than an ounce of marijuana in the pockets of the two performers, authorities said.
About 60 people rushed from the backstage area to the patrol cars to find the rappers being patted down by the deputies, Bryski said.
That prompted other deputies to respond to reports of a fight, but order was quickly restored and there were no injuries or further incidents, authorities said.
Both were released after being given a notice to appear in Beverly Hills Municipal Court on July 1, Bryski said.
Friday's incident follows other encounters with law enforcement for Broadus.
Broadus was acquitted after being tried for the drive-by shooting of gang member Philip Woldemariam at a park in the West Los Angeles area in 1993.