Raymond E. Scott, co-owner of the magazine that staged the Source Hip Hop Music Awards in Miami Beach, Fla., was arrested the day after the ceremony after a run-in with a police officer. Scott, 36, was arrested Tuesday on charges that included reckless driving, battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest with violence, driving with a suspended license, and possession of marijuana.
Police say that after the arrest, Source CEO David Mays tried to pressure them to drop the charges against Scott. “When he saw we weren’t budging, he started making threats, saying they were going to tear up the city this weekend, call the NAACP and Jesse Jackson,” said Detective George Navarro.
According to police reports, a motorcycle officer stopped Scott’s Ferrari after clocking his vehicle at 64 mph in a 30 mph zone. Police say Scott became verbally abusive with Officer Robert Silvagni, who ordered him out of the car. Scott punched and kicked Silvagni as the officer physically tried to remove him from the car, according to the police report.
Silvagni called for backup, and eventually took Scott and passenger Curtis Williams into custody. Williams was released Tuesday on $1,000 bond, and Scott was released Wednesday on $32,500 bond.
The Source Awards will air next Tuesday (Aug. 28) on UPN. As previously reported, hip-hop duo Outkast snagged best artist of the year by a group and best live performer of the year awards, while Nelly took home best new artist of the year and best album for the Fo’ Reel/Universal set “Country Grammar.”
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