Hip-hop and reality television star Flavor Flav says he will fight charges that he pushed his fiancée to the floor and threatened her with knives. The longtime member of Public Enemy, whose real name is William Drayton Jr., was arrested on Oct. 17 at his home. If prosecutors take the case to trial, it could be an example of how much the testimony of the accuser and the defendant matter in domestic violence cases.
Police say that they responded to a 3:30 a.m. call reporting an incident at the home Drayton shares with his fiancée. When officers arrived, the fiancée told them that Drayton had pushed her to the floor twice during an argument and tore an earring out of her earlobe. She also accused Drayton of grabbing two knives and chasing after her 17-year-old son, threatening to kill him. The son went into an upstairs room and locked the door, but Drayton is said to have kicked in the door and threatened the son and his sister, who was in the room.