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Melle Mel is a name that today’s youngstas who love hip-hop might not recognize. Well, for the record, he’s a pioneer of the genre. He came to fame as the lead rapper of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five. OK, now that we got that out of the way, the reason we bring up Melle Mel’s name is because he went and got himself put in the pokey earlier this week.
Los Angeles County Sherriff’s Department records confirm that Melle Mel was arrested in Los Angeles on Monday. He was charged with felony domestic violence and released after posting a $50,000 bond. A court date is set for July 17.
The reason the legendary rapper is in hot water is due to a woman named Jori Jordon accusing him of striking her in the eye unprovoked. Her detailed allegations were made in a public Facebook video, reports Pitchfork. Melle Mel said he and Jordon were together on the night of the arrest at his hotel after attending a 2023 BET Awards afterparty, according to Rolling Stone.
“The Message” rapper told the outlet that Jordon refused to leave when asked. He said he attempted to remove her from his room, at which point she allegedly grabbed her eye and asked him to accompany her to the hospital. He said that after he refused, he encouraged her to call the police, and Jordon then told the police he assaulted her
“It’s very simple,” Melle Mel told Rolling Stone. “She said I punched her in the eye. She also said she had eye surgery a month ago. Had I punched her in the eye, especially with rings on, she would have had a cut eye. It would have been way worse. Something did happen to her eye, but I did not punch her. With me tussling with her and trying to get her away from me to get her out of the room, something happened.”