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Rapper Jim Jones arrested after fight at Foxwoods

Associated Press and Day staff reports

Publication: theday.com

Published February 26. 2012 4:00AM   Updated February 26. 2012 3:37PM

Mashantucket - Rapper Jim Jones was arrested Saturday in a brawl that broke out after a party hosted by Sean "Diddy" Combs at the Foxwoods Resort Casino, police said.

A total of five people were charged in the fight that started after 2 a.m. in the foyer of the MGM Grand casino, where Combs headlined a "platinum party" as part of a 20th anniversary celebration for Foxwoods.

After the altercation, a state police detective was treated for minor injuries at a hospital and was released, police said.

Jones, a hip-hop artist and actor whose "We Fly High" was one of 2007's top-selling rap tracks, was charged with resisting arrest, second-degree breach of peace and inciting a riot.  Three New York City residents as well as David Dixon, 22, of 788 Lantern Hill Road, Ledyard, were also arrested on the same charges.

State Police spokesman Lt. J. Paul Vance said said he was not certain how the altercation began.

The 35-year-old rapper, along with fellow rapper Cam'ron, is the creator of the Diplomats recording label and Dip-Set artists stable, based in Harlem. Jones's "We Fly High" was one of 2007's top-selling rap tracks and eventually became the unofficial anthem of the New York Giants.

Jones, also known as Capo, the name he uses as a music video director, posted this Twitter message at about 5:30 Saturday morning, apparently after being released from police custody: "40k in bonds 1 night had a ball lets see of I can get tht 40 back on th crap table."

The tweet had the hash-tag "Vampire Life," Jones' clothing line, from which he often sends tweets.

Around 6:30 Saturday night, he tweeted: "This is gettin blown way out of proportion."

The website TMZ.com has posted what it purports to be an amateur video of the incident.

An attorney who has represented Jones in the past did not immediately respond to a message Saturday seeking comment.

A spokeswoman for Elevate Communications, a Foxwoods public relations affiliate referred all calls to the Connecticut State Police. Neither representatives from the casino nor the Mashantucket Tribe could not be reached for comment.

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