Dr. Dre is handcuffed and cited after a man claims he pointed a gun; deputies find no proof

Dr. Dre, N.W.A. rapper and electronics mogul, was detained for allegedly threatening a man at gunpoint.


Dr. Dre was handcuffed outside his Malibu home Monday after a motorist initiated a private person’s arrest, alleging the music mogul brandished a gun at him at the Pacific Coast Highway residence, authorities said.

Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies cited Dre, whose real name is Andre Young, and released him. Deputies found no evidence that Dre had pointed a gun at the man, nor did they recover a weapon, officials said. Dre told deputies the man was blocking his driveway and denied making threats, officials said.

Sheriff’s Capt. Chris Reed said that under the law, an individual can request a private person’s arrest be made when a deputy hasn’t witnessed an alleged misdemeanor crime. Dre was given the citation but not formally taken into custody.


Deputies responded to a report of a man brandishing a firearm in the 22000 block of Pacific Coast Highway about 11:15 am. The man claimed he was stopped in front of a home when the person later identified as Dre “ordered him to leave and produced a handgun.”

“Due to the nature of the call, the person was searched, handcuffed, and briefly detained in a patrol car while deputies investigated the incident,” Reed said.

According to the deputies, Dre was cooperative, consented to be searched and denied having a gun.

Dre told deputies the man was parked directly in front of his residence blocking his driveway when he asked him to leave. He told deputies the man left but immediately returned and parked near the same location in the center median in front of his house. Dre said he then pulled out his cellphone to begin recording the incident and the man drove away.

A source familiar with the investigation said Dre also claimed the man had followed him from a freeway where the pair had been involved in a road-rage-type incident.


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