Rapper Big Boi arrested on drug charges in Miami

Posted Aug. 07, 2011, at 7:53 p.m.
Last modified Aug. 08, 2011, at 5:03 a.m.
This image provided by the Miami-Dade County Corrections and Rehabilitation Department shows Antwan Patton, also known as Big Boi of the rap group Outkast, arrested on alleged drug possession charges, Sunday, Aug. 7, 2011.
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This image provided by the Miami-Dade County Corrections and Rehabilitation Department shows Antwan Patton, also known as Big Boi of the rap group Outkast, arrested on alleged drug possession charges, Sunday, Aug. 7, 2011.
Marion Cotillard arrives at the 14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2008, in Los Angeles.
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Marion Cotillard arrives at the 14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2008, in Los Angeles.

Grammy-winning OutKast rapper Big Boi has been arrested in Miami on charges of illegally possessing drugs including ecstasy and Viagra pills.

The rapper, whose real name is Antwan Patton, was charged with three counts of possession of a controlled substance and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia on Sunday. According to the Miami-Dade County Corrections website, the 36-year-old Patton was also carrying MDMA, which is the main ingredient in Ecstasy.

The rapper was booked around 1:30 p.m. on $16,000 bond.

Phone and email messages were left for Big Boi’s publicists.

Big Boi is best known as half of the groundbreaking rap duo OutKast, which includes Andre 3000. The Atlanta-based group won six Grammys and churned out six platinum-plus albums, including “Speakerboxxx/The Love Below,” which sold more than 10 million copies.

NYC woman charged with stalking Marion Cotillard

French actress Marion Cotillard received threatening emails and videos from a New York City woman through a fan website, law enforcement officials said.

FBI agents said in a court filing that Teresa Yuan sent a series of spooky messages in July to the Oscar winner that included ramblings about wanting to play Russian roulette with her.

“Would you be willing to play Russian roulette?” the woman said, according to a complaint that was unsealed Thursday in federal court in the Eastern District of New York. “If you weren’t willing and you had no choice, I’d say ‘yeah, that’s pretty unfair.’ But would you still like it that at least there’s only one bullet in this pistol?”

Yuan faces a charge of interstate stalking. Her lawyer, Michael Schneider, told The New York Daily News he wouldn’t comment on the case.

Yuan was arraigned Thursday and released on $50,000 bail. She was ordered to stay away from Cotillard and her fan website, and barred from using Internet access outside her home or on any mobile device. All other Internet use will be monitored.

Cotillard won an Academy Award in 2008 for her role as Edith Piaf in “La Vie en Rose,” appears in Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris” and has a role in the upcoming Batman sequel, “The Dark Knight Rises.”

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