Rap star Coolio in court no-show over LA airport gun charge


Rapper Coolio has failed to appear in court after he was charged with possessing a gun found at Los Angeles International Airport.

The musician was arrested after the handgun was allegedly discovered in his bag during security screening on September 17.

Coolio, whose real name is Artis Leon Ivey, was charged with one count of possession of a firearm by a felon with two prior convictions, Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said.

Coolio (Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

He was due to appear before a judge on Thursday but did not attend the hearing, a spokeswoman for Los Angeles Superior Court said.

The rap star's lawyer told the judge his client had a performance in St Louis and could not get back in time, according to TMZ.

Coolio (Chris Pizzello/AP)

Coolio, 53, has previous convictions for carrying a concealed weapon in a vehicle in 2001 and possession of cocaine base in 2009, prosecutors said. If convicted, he faces a maximum of three years in prison.

Coolio is best known for his 1995 hit Gangsta's Paradise. He also appeared on Celebrity Big Brother in 2009 and Ultimate Big Brother in 2010.