(real name: Artis Ivey Leon Jr.) appeared in a Los Angeles court today, pleading not guilty
to felony charges of drug possession, as well as misdemeanor charges of battery and possession of drug paraphernalia (reportedly a crack pipe).
The charges stem from an incident this March, when the "Gansta's Paradise" rapper was arrested at Los Angeles International airport with cocaine in his luggage
. The battery charge comes from allegedly attempting to grab the luggage screener's arm before they could discover the contraband. Coolio at a public appearance in October of 2008.
He will reappear in court on April 20. If found guilty, he could spend up to three years in jail.
It's been a rough couple of months for Coolio. Shortly before his drug bust, he attempted to stage dive into an unreceptive university audience in England, who let Coolio fall to the floor before robbing him.
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