Anthony Smith, better known by his stage name, Tone Loc, faces a felony domestic violence charge after a fight with the mother of his child in Burbank, California.
Tone Loc was arrested at about 2:45 p.m. and spent less than three hours behind bars before posting a $50,000 bail bond Saturday, June 18th, according to Burbank Police Sgt. Tracy Sanchez.
Further details about the physical altercation with the mother of his child are unknown at this time and Tone has yet to comment publicly on this weekend’s arrest.
Smith is best known for the 1989 hip-hop hits “Wild Thing” and “Funky Cold Medina” from his debut album, Loc-ed After Dark. The 45-year old rapper’s deep, raspy voice has been used in recent years for television acting and voice work.
“Domestic assault charges are difficult cases to prosecute and defend,” says Defense Attorney, Avery Appelman. “Evidence normally is testimonial in nature with participants describing the circumstances surrounding the assault and the injuries sustained. In cases like this, the alleged victim’s credibility would be examined. Is there a motivation for her not to be truthful (think money)? Obviously these incidents rarely happen in a vacuum and if there is any chance of reconciliation, a recommendation for clients to explore personal and couples counseling is always beneficial toward resolving the case.”