The Weeknd Avoids Jail for Punching a Vegas Cop
Great news for Abel Tesfaye.
On Wednesday, The Weeknd plead no contest to punching a Las Vegas cop, and will get no jail time. He was arrested back in January for fighting in the Cromwell Hotel.
According to TMZ, the Beauty Behind the Madness artist was ordered to pay $1,000 to an injured cop fund, complete anger management, undergo an alcohol evaluation, and do 50 hours of community service. The Vegas judge is allowing him to complete his hours at a non-profit group in his native Canada.
Police arrived at the Cromwell about 4:20 a.m. on January 10 to intervene in a fight. They pulled Tesfaye into the elevator, where he then punched a cop. Charged with battery of a protected person, he was taken to jail and made bail. Once he completes his sentence (provided that he stays out of trouble), the case will be dismissed.
The Guardian notes that pleading no contest is not the same as pleading guilty, but it has the same effect and is common in plea bargains. Effectively, without admitting guilt or offering a defense, Tesfay has conceded to the charges.