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Drug charge for musician Clinton
George Clinton
George Clinton led funk bands Parliament and Funkadelic
Musician George Clinton has been arrested and charged with drug possession after he was allegedly caught with cocaine.

The funk music pioneer was reported to have been approached by an officer in a car park in Tallahassee, Florida.

When questioned Clinton, 63, allegedly told police he had cocaine in his pocket, while a crack pipe was also said to have been found in the car.

Officers charged him with cocaine possession and possession of the pipe.

Tallahassee Police spokesman Stewart Clendinen said Mr Clinton was sitting alone in a car in the forecourt of a petrol station when he was arrested.

He was later charged and released on bail.

Mr Clinton's career took off in funk bands Parliament and Funkadelic in the 1960s and 70s before going solo, gaining a reputation as a pioneer of the genre.

He continues to tour the US with his P-Funk All Stars.


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