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No charges filed in alleged gun threat involving Apple's Dr. Dre

On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department confirmed that rapper, producer, and key Apple employee Dr. Dre was temporarily detained without charges while police investigated an alleged gun threat.




Dre —whose real name is Andre Young —was "searched, handcuffed, and briefly detained in a patrol car," the Sheriff's Department told Billboard. Officers arrived at his Malibu home sometime before midday on Monday, after a man called saying he'd stopped in front of the house and had a handgun pulled on him when Dre ordered him to leave.

The musician has denied brandishing a gun, and police ultimately released him, noting that they couldn't find a weapon on the scene. Officers reportedly described him as cooperative, and said he consented to being searched.

Dre has a history of run-ins with the law, including multiple battery charges and a high-speed pursuit. Such incidents date back to the 1990s however, and in recent years he has tried to not only make a break from his past but establish himself as a businessman, for instance helping to co-found Beats, which Apple acquired for $3 billion in 2014.

He is now working with Apple, though his exact role at the company is unclear. The New York Times has referred to him as a "top consultant," but apart from his hosting a show on Beats 1 radio, the company has never specified his involvement.