Wayna Arrested in Houston Airport

March 27, 2009

waynaThree Stars alumna Wayna, fresh off her performance at SXSW in Austin and en route to Miami’s Winter Music Conference, was arrested at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport Wednesday morning and charged with a 3rd degree felony weapons violation, according to her spokesperson. In the state of Texas, the charge comes with a potential penalty of 2 to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

According to a statement released by her management team, Wayna was attempting to go through security when she was questioned about a stage prop found in her carry-on bag. The item, which is being described as a 24-inch baton, is used during the performance of her song, “Billy Club,” off of her album, Higher Ground. The song, which also features Three Stars artist Muhsinah, is an eerie ballad that protests police brutality. She explained that she was a performer and had inadvertently packed the item in her carry-on as opposed to checked luggage. Even though she insisted that she had no intent to use the prop as a weapon, Wayna was arrested and charged. Early this morning, she was released from jail on $5,000 bail, according to the statement.

“She’s very shook up but she’s had encouragement and love from family and friends around the world,” said Fiona Bloom, Wayna’s publicist.

Just last month, Wayna was up for a Grammy award in the “Best Urban/Alternative Performance” category for her song, “Loving You (Music).”

An arraignment hearing is set for Friday in Houston.