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The Weeknd's Abel Tesfaye Arrested In Las Vegas For Allegedly Punching Cop

01/13/2015 12:19 EST | Updated 01/13/2015 12:59 EST
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TORONTO, ON - NOVEMBER 2: The Weeknd - alias Abel Tesfaye and friends - perform the first of four sold-out shows at the Sound Academy. (Vince Talotta/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

It wasn't a great weekend for The Weeknd in Las Vegas.

According to TMZ, Abel Tesfaye, the band's founder and singer, was arrested for battery of a protected person following a fight early Saturday morning inside the Cromwell Hotel in Las Vegas.

Around 4:20 am a fight inside the hotel began with Tesfaye allegedly involved in the fisticuffs. When law enforcement officials arrived, the fight was still going. Police reportedly tried to intervene and break up the fight with one cop pulling Tesfaye into an elevator. It was then that Tesfaye allegedly punched the officer in the head.

Tesfaye was arrested and, according to the CBC was taken to the Clark County Detention Center and charged with a misdemeanor battery of a protected person. Las Vegas Police Officer Laura Meltzer said Tesfaye hit the officer on the side of the head with a closed fist but it didn't appear to injure or seriously hurt the officer. There's no word on whether others involved in the fight were arrested.

Tesfaye was bailed out of jail shortly thereafter. On Saturday evening the singer tweeted the following as well as posting an Instagram of him heading for a plane to get out of town.

escaped from Las Vegas

A photo posted by The Weeknd (@abelxo) on


The Weeknd were in Vegas to perform Friday evening (Jan. 9) at Drai's Las Vegas according to a tweet from the venue.

A few photos since the arrest have been posted on The Weeknd's Facebook page but there has been no mention of the incident or what transpired. The Weeknd -- slated to play Coachella April 11 and April 18 -- recently released the song "Earned It" which appears on the soundtrack for the upcoming film "50 Shades Of Gray."

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