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Webster Gradney Jr.

In a Baton Rouge police report about his Wednesday arrest on domestic abuse allegations, the victim told authorities that rapper Webster "Webbie" Gradney Jr. had been using cocaine and marijuana over the course of two days. But a drug screening conducted on Thursday after his release from jail — provided by the hip hop artist's publicist — does not show cocaine in his system. 

Gradney's girlfriend told police that while they were at a Baton Rouge hotel he beat her with an open and closed fist, as well as a belt. She also said he would not let her leave the room for about two hours. Gradney was booked into Parish Prison on counts of domestic abuse battery by strangulation, aggravated battery with a dangerous weapon, second-degree battery, false imprisonment, theft and simple criminal damage to property.

A hospital doctor told police that the victim's nose was broken, while the investigating police officer said he observed welts on the woman's thighs and back, as well as other signs of bruising, according to the arrest report. 

Gradney was not arrested on drug charges, but his arrest report stated the victim told police that he had taken cocaine and marijuana. His publicist, Erica Dias with B Firm PR, said that the cocaine use allegations are not true.

The rapper's publicists provided a copy of a drug screening completed at Our Lady of the Lake hospital Thursday night after he was released from jail. Though the exam came back positive for THC cannabinoids, the urine test showed negative results for cocaine. His bail was set at $34,000 on Thursday. 

Baton Rouge police spokesman Sgt. L’Jean McKneely said officers did not find proof of the drug allegations during Gradney's arrest, adding “that’s why he didn’t have any charges pertaining to drug paraphernalia or usage.”

Compiled from staff reports. To contact a crime reporter at The Advocate email PoliceReporters@theadvocate.com or call (225) 388-0369.