Coolio Charged With Felony Firearm Possession

by Elisa Osegueda 4:02 PM PDT, October 13, 2016
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Rapper Coolio was charged on Thursday with unlawful possession of a firearm stemming from a handgun found in his backpack during an x-ray screening at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on Sept. 17.

The 53-year-old GRAMMY winner, whose real name is Artis Leon Ivy Jr., could face up to three years in state prison if convicted, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said in a statement obtained by ET.

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Coolio, who has two prior convictions, is scheduled to be arraigned on Oct. 26. In 2001, the "Gangsta's Paradise" singer was charged for carrying a concealed weapon in a vehicle and for cocaine possession in 2009, according to the statement. The case remains under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department.

Hours after the airport incident, the rapper posted a video thanking his fans for their concern.

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"What's up, everybody? This is Coolio. Just wanted to say something about the little misunderstanding at the airport today," he said at the time. "Everything's fine. As you can see, I'm at P.F. Chang's having a meal, and having a few drinks."

"I mean, I don't know what's going to be the result of this in the future, but for now I'm fine, and I appreciate everybody's concern," he added.

See the full video below: