US rapper Wiz Khalifa has opened up about being arrested for riding a hoverboard through a Los Angeles airport, claiming the police officers who restrained him hurt his knee. Although suggestions have been made that the See You Again hitmaker should take legal action against the authorities, he has not made any definite plans to do so.
Footage of the arrest, which took place at Los Angeles International Airport on 22 August, has emerged on social media and shows Khalifa, real name Cameron Thomaz, pinned down on the floor while being restrained and handcuffed by three police officers after he reportedly refused to stop riding the hoverboard.
Speaking about the incident, the 27-year-old told X17 Online: "I was riding this [hoverboard] thing – there's no rule against it – and these m***********s came up on me, slammed me off of it, f*****g hurt my knee and s**t, so as soon as they make a law that we're gonna stop riding them, but six months from now when all the rich people are riding them they ain't gonna say s**t. But they slammed me off of mine and f*****g arrested me and ended up letting me go anyway."
When the publication asked whether he was considering filing a lawsuit against the police department, the Black And Yellow replied: "It's too early for all that, I'm just p*****d." Playing down the gravity of his offence, the hip hop star can be seen telling officers in another video: "I didn't do nothing, anyway. What you want to do? Put me in jail because I didn't listen to what you say? You can't do nothing, we can talk, we can have all the conversations you want to. You can end up on TMZ, you guys can become as famous as you want to be."
US Customs and Border Protection would not comment on Khalifa's incident directly but told CNN: "All travellers arriving into the US are subject to CBP inspection, and for their own safety and the safety of other passengers, must follow officers' instructions while in the Federal Inspection Service area. CBP officers are conducting their critical national security mission while facilitating the entry of legitimate travellers. An uncompliant passenger or any disruptive behaviour could put many at risk in this highly secure area."