Four-time Grammy-nominated rapper and actor Tone Loc was arrested in Burbank on Saturday on suspicion of felony domestic violence, according to reports. Burbank police say the 45-year-old performer, whose real name is Anthony Smith, was allegedly involved in a physical altercation with the mother of his son, which occurred at a Burbank apartment complex at about 2:45 on Saturday afternoon.
As a rapper, gravel-voiced Tone Loc is best known for his two platinum hits in the 1980s, “Funky Cold Medina” and “Wild Thing.” As an actor, he has appeared in several TV series, notably “Roc,” “Thieves,” and “Chowder,” along with a number of movies, including “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective.”
Tone Loc reputedly had ties to gangs as a youth, but he left that world behind after his success in the music, television and film industries. Most of his acting and voice-over work has been in animated films and television shows as well as comedies.
The performer has no prior record of domestic violence. He did have a brush with the law in December of last year, when he was arrested for DUI. Tone Loc, who says he does not drink alcohol at all, was released after it became clear that a medical condition was responsible for making him appear to have been intoxicated. The rapper does have a history of seizures.
Very little information was released about the performer’s domestic violence arrest this weekend, so it is unclear if he will again be exonerated. A Burbank police spokesperson would only confirm the arrest to reporters, and later said that Loc had been released hours after the arrest after posting a $50,000 bond.
- Chicago Tribune, “Tone Loc reportedly arrested on suspicion of felony domestic violence,” June 19, 2011
- SkyNewsHD, “Wild Thing Rapper Held Over Domestic Abuse,” June 20, 2011