The Weeknd Pleads No Contest for Punching Vegas Cop

Singer and songwriter The Weeknd was able to avoid jail time after pleading no contest for punching a Las Vegas cop on Wednesday.

A judged ordered the 25-year-old R&B artist to undergo anger management and alcohol evaluation, pay a $1,000 fine and complete 50 hours of community service, according to TMZ. The judge will allow him to complete community service in his home country of Canada.

The plea stemmed from an incident involving the singer back in January of this year. Police responded to the Cromwell Hotel because of reports of a fight. Police tried to break up the fight and The Weeknd punched an officer in the head. He was arrested and charged with battery.

If the 25-year-old singer stays out of trouble, the charges will be expunged from his record, according to TMZ.

The legal struggles do not appear to affect the artist whose album The Hills is at the top of the charts for a fourth straight week, according to a Rolling Stone profile.

Born Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, the singer rose to fame after he released three mixtapes on YouTube using a pseudonym, The Weeknd in 2010. This music would later be re-released as Trilogy in 2011.

The singer admits that he was reluctant about revealing his real identity because he wasn't sure he'd be embraced by the media.

"Me not finishing school — in my head, I still have this insecurity when I'm talking to someone educated," he says. "I don't want them looking at me like this f***ing retard — no disrespect," he told Rolling Stone.

Instead of ridicule, he got a big boost from music mogul Drake who featured The Weeknd on his double-platinum album Take Care in 2011. After that, record labels starting calling, according to Rolling Stone.

Source: TMZ, Rolling Stone

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