Rapper arrested before Ocala show


Published: Monday, January 16, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 16, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
Rapper Juvenile went on to perform in front of a crowded club in the wee hours of the morning Saturday, minutes after his release from the Marion County Jail on an out-of-county warrant in a child-support case.
The multi-platinum hip hop artist rushed onto the Ghosthouse stage after 2:30 a.m., about two and a half hours late, and performed an array of his solo chart toppers, including, "Back That Thang Up," "Ha," "Slow Motion" and "400 Degreez."
He also performed with his Atlantic Records label mate UTP and ended the one-hour set with his current hit "Rodeo," which is slated as No. 72 on next week's Billboard Hot 100 radio play.
"His set was hot," said audience member Jap Young. "There were plenty of girls and lots to do, so I don't think a lot of people mind waiting to have a good time."
Tickets at the door were $35. Ramon "Ghost" Williams - a managing party of the club, which bares his name - estimated the count fell just short of its 300-person capacity. He said many club-goers turned away at the door after word spread about the arrest.
Juvenile, whose real name is Terius Gray, was arrested at the Ritz Historic Inn on East Silver Springs Boulevard sometime before 11 p.m. Friday. According to jail officials, he was released at 2:25 a.m.
The Multi-Agency Drug Enforcement Team picked the rapper up on a contempt-of-court warrant from Jefferson County, according to jail records. He was released on his own recognizance after submitting a DNA sample for a paternity test.
Gray, a New Orleans native, could not be reached for comment. Officials with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office said they could not give the details behind the charges over the phone.
But Juvenile told club members during his performance Saturday that the arrest was "bogus." Williams said he thought someone was just trying to "ruin a good hip-hop show in Ocala."
"This was the hottest rap act to hit Ocala," Williams said. "It's like somebody didn't want it to happen here."
An Ocala police said the department received a tip that Juvenile was at the motel Friday night.
Millard K. Ives writes for the Star-Banner in Ocala, Fla.

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