Tone Loc pleads not guilty to domestic violence

July 14, 2011 - 8:14 PM
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FILE - In this April 17, 1990 file photo, rapper Tone Loc, who was born Anthony Terrell Smith, appears at a news conference at the Nickerson Gardens housing project in the Watts section of Los Angeles. The rapper pleaded not guilty Thursday, July 14, 2011 to a felony domestic violence and weapons charge related to his arrest on June 18 on suspicion of domestic violence. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)

BURBANK, Calif. (AP) — Prosecutors say rapper Tone Loc has pleaded not guilty to a felony domestic violence charge stemming from an arrest earlier this year.

The artist, whose real name is Anthony Smith, entered the plea in a Burbank, Calif., courthouse on Thursday. Known for the hits "Wild Thing" and "Funky Cold Medina," Smith was arrested in the city which is north of Los Angeles on June 18.

He also faces a felony possession of an assault weapon charge because Burbank police discovered the rapper has an unregistered Colt AR-15 rifle.

He returns to court on July 28.

Police have released few details about the 45-year-old's arrest, saying only that he was taken into custody after a woman accused him of assault.

An after-hours phone message left for Smith's agent was not immediately returned.