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Flavor Flav (William Drayton), pleaded not guilty to charges for a traffic stop earlier this month when speeding to his mother’s funeral in suburban New York.

AP reports that State police said the rapper/reality TV star Flavor Flav was speeding and driving without a license, a felony, on Jan. 9 as he drove on the Meadowbrook Parkway not far from where the Freeport, N.Y., native grew up. He was ticketed and told to appear for his arraignment Tuesday,

His attorney, Indji Bessim, told Nassau County District Court Judge Norman St. George that over the past several days she and her client have worked to clear up the 16 outstanding traffic matters that sparked the unlicensed driving charge.

The judge released Flav without bail. After leaving courtroom, he told reporters: “God is good. G-I-G.” I’m hoping they would have a heart and dismiss it all because of the circumstances. Because if it wasn’t for me driving to my mother’s funeral and being late getting to my mother’s funeral, I wouldn’t have been behind the wheel in the first place to get the charge.”

In a case in Las Vegas, Flavor pleaded not guilty and is free on bond pending trial April 28 in Nevada state court on charges of felony assault with a deadly weapon and child endangerment with a weapon. He is accused of threatening his longtime girlfriend’s then-17-year-old son with a butcher knife during a family argument. Charges that could get him up to 12 years in prison.

Flavor Flav Las Vegas lawyer, Kristina Wildeveld, said she didn’t think the New York case should affect his Nevada case.

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