Flavor Flav freed from jail after domestic argument

Rapper Flavor Flav attends the 2009 VH1 Hip

Rapper Flavor Flav attends the 2009 VH1 Hip Hop Honors after party to benefit the VH1 Save The Music Foundation at One Hanson Place in Manhattan. (Sept. 23, 2009) (Credit: Getty Images)

LAS VEGAS - Entertainer Flavor Flav is free from a Las Vegas jail pending a court appearance next week on felony assault and misdemeanor domestic battery charges.

A court clerk says the former hip-hop and reality TV star whose legal name is William Jonathan Drayton Jr. is due in Las Vegas Justice Court on Monday.

Drayton was released on bail from the Clark County jail before a scheduled Thursday morning court appearance.

Drayton is accused of throwing his fiancee to the floor and wielding knives as he chased and threatened to kill her 17-year-old son during an argument early Wednesday at their home in Las Vegas.

Drayton told police he scuffled with the woman and her son but denied chasing or threatening the teen.

It's not clear if Drayton has a lawyer.

The 53-year-old was taken into custody about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday at a home several miles southwest of the Las Vegas Strip, Las Vegas police Officer Bill Cassell said.

Patrol officers did not report that anyone was injured.

Drayton, formerly of Freeport, was an original member of the politically and socially militant rap group Public Enemy in the 1980s and '90s.

In recent years he has starred in several reality TV series and lent his name and recipes to short-lived chicken and soul food restaurants in Clinton, Iowa, and Las Vegas.

He has a criminal history that includes arrests and convictions on traffic infractions, a month in jail for assaulting his then-girlfriend in 1991, and three months in prison for shooting at a neighbor in New York in 1993.

In Las Vegas, Drayton was arrested in May 2011 on outstanding unpaid traffic warrants and paid a fine. Court records show he has been ticketed eight times since August 2008 and paid almost $7,000 in fines for driving violations, including multiple instances of driving without a valid license.

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