Rakim was arrested by officers last night as
he was about to enter the Roseland Ballroom in Manhattan to perform at a very
anticipated concert featuring Ghostface, Talib Kweli, Slick Rick and Royce Da
Plain-clothed officers flashed their badges around
11 p.m. and took the rapper away in an unmarked car.
"Rakim was falsely arrested," manager
Zach Katz told AllHipHop.com. "We have written evidence to prove it. We
intend to sue all parties who have led this unwarranted attack on Rakim."
Security guards at Roseland allege that police
had staked out the venue and were waiting for the rapper as early as 6 p.m.
Slick Rick announced from the stage that the
veteran emcee had ran afoul of the law.
"He was arrested on family court charges,"
Sgt. Behrle of the Suffolk County police told AllHipHop.com. "I cannot
specify the exact nature of the charges."
A representative for the Central Islip Family
court said that they could not comment on the nature of the charges over the
Sources stated that the charges were related
to child support.
"There are no unfulfilled obligations on
Rakim's part towards anybody," Katz stated emphatically. "We have
documents that he has paid everything. If I have to print those on AllHipHop.com,
I will print them."