'Soul Train' creator arrested

Don Cornelius, the 72-year-old creator and longtime host of the television show "Soul Train," was arrested on suspicion of felony domestic violence, police said.

Los Angeles police were called to Cornelius' home in the 12000 block of Mulholland Drive about 7:15 p.m. Friday, said Officer Norma Eisenman.

Cornelius was arrested and taken to Van Nuys Jail about 45 minutes later, Eisenman said.

Police did not identify the alleged victim. No one was taken to the hospital after the incident, according to police reports.

Cornelius' second wife, Viktoria Chapman-Cornelius, a Russian model, filed for divorce Aug. 8, 2007, but in campaign donation paperwork Chapman-Cornelius filed earlier this year, she still listed his address as her home.

Cornelius was released from jail at 5 a.m. Saturday after posting $50,000 bail, Eisenman said.

He is scheduled to appear in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Nov. 14.

Cornelius began producing "Soul Train" in 1970 and was its host until 1993. The show, with its catchy "Soooooooooooul Train" introduction, featured rhythm and blues and soul and hip-hop artists.

-- Molly Hennessy-Fiske

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