Coolio no longer a wanted man

Coolio (WENN.COM file photo)

Coolio (WENN.COM file photo)

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, Last Updated: 9:57 AM ET

Rapper Coolio has escaped arrest after turning up for a court hearing on Tuesday - a day after a Los Angeles judge issued a bench warrant to have him detained.

The Gangsta's Paradise hitmaker was due in court on Monday for a probation progress hearing, stemming from his guilty plea for possession of a controlled substance last year.

But Coolio's lawyer arrived alone, telling the judge he had no idea of his client's whereabouts. A warrant for the star's arrest was immediately issued.

However, after showing up for the hearing on Tuesday, Coolio - real name Artis Leon Ivey, Jr. - escaped further action by proving he had adhered to the terms of his probation, including a drug rehab program, according to TMZ.com.

The hip-hop star is due back in court on January 18, 2011 for his next progress report.


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