Forget about Dre: Prosecutors won’t charge music mogul in Malibu confrontation
Dr. Dre, N.W.A. rapper and electronics mogul, was detained for allegedly threatening a man at gunpoint.
Dr. Dre will not be charged with a crime in connection with a confrontation outside his Malibu home that ended with the music mogul detained in handcuffs in a sheriff’s patrol car, prosecutors announced Thursday.
“We declined due to a lack of sufficient evidence,” District Attorney spokesman Ricardo Santiago said.
Dre, whose real name is Andre Young, was handcuffed Monday outside his home 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 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 Dre 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 a 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 a.m. A 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,” Reed said.
“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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