DJ Paul of Oscar Award-winning group Three 6 Mafia was arrested late yesterday evening (October 14) in New York.
Sources close to the platinum-plus, Memphis producer told AllHipHop.com that the incident unfolded after DJ Paul finished a dinner in Manhattan.
He stopped at a deli on 37th and 9th Avenue to purchase a beer and had the open container in a sleeve, when a police officer began following him.
During a search, DJ Paul informed the officer that he had a taser in his pocket.
The officer handed the taser to an assisting officer, who accidentally discharged the taser.
As DJ Paul was being booked, police officers allegedly took photos with him and singing the chorus to his hit single 2005 single “Stay Fly” featuring Young Buck and Eightball & MJG.
DJ Paul, born Paul Beauregard, was ultimately charged with misdemeanor possession of a weapon and carrying an open container in public.
He is expected to be released later this morning, but the arrest has already impacted his promotional schedule.
DJ Paul is preparing to release a new album, ironically titled A Person of Interest, on October 22.
A scheduled appearance on Power 105.1′s hit morning show “The Breakfast Club” with Charlamagne, Angela Yee and DJ Envy will be rescheduled for later in the week.
As a member of Three 6 Mafia, DJ Paul has produced hits like “2 Way Freak,” and “Sippin’ On Some Syrup.”
His production on the song “It’s Hard Out Here For a Pimp” from the movie “Hustle and Flow” won the Oscar Award for Three 6 Mafia in March of 2006.
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As we previously reported, the rapper was arrested late last night when cops approached him about carrying an open can of beer in public (a Corona) … when they learned he was packin’ a taser.
“I honestly didn’t know it was illegal,” Paul tells us … adding, “I thought it was at the same level as pepper spray.”
Paul continues, “My bodyguard wasn’t around last night and I was by myself in NYC and anything can happen in the late hours down there.”
Paul says he plans to fight the charges — telling us, “I have a clean record and don’t want to dirty it up for something minor like this … I wasn’t carrying it to go out and harm someone.”
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