The Weeknd Pleads No Contest to Punching Vegas Police Officer
Published Oct 22, 2015Ten months after being arrested for punching a police officer in Las Vegas, Canadian R&B singer the Weeknd has pleaded no contest to the case. He'll avoid jail time, but has to pay a fine and undergo anger management.
TMZ reports that the Weeknd (a.k.a. Abel Tesfaye) entered the plea in a Las Vegas courtroom today (October 23), and the judge accepted. The singer will pay $1,000 US into an injured cop fund and will also have to complete an anger management course and undergo alcohol evaluation.
Additionally, the Weeknd is to serve 50 hours of community service. The judge cleared Tesfaye to do this with an undisclosed non-profit group in Canada.
As previously reported, Tesfaye had gotten into an altercation last January inside Las Vegas' Cromwell Hotel, which police tried to break up. During the fracas, the Weeknd was pushed into an elevator, where he reportedly punched a law enforcement officer in the head. He was arrested and taken to jail for battery of a protected person. That's his mugshot up above.
The case will be dismissed by the judge, should the Weeknd meet all of the requirements laid out in court today.