A warrant was issued Monday for the arrest of Andre Young, aka Dr. Dre of Priority recording artists N.W.A, following Young’s failure to appear in a Van Nuys court.

Neither Young nor his attorney, David Kenner, appeared before Judge William Lamb to set a date for the rapper’s trial on four misdemeanor charges in connection with a May 5 altercation involving record producer Damon Thomas.

Young has been free on $ 8,000 bail since his June 8 arrest in the matter and has had numerous continuances.

The issue of the warrant automatically revokes Young’s bail.

A representative for Kenner said the attorney was out of town but was “under the impression” that the matter had been continued until yesterday. Young has had several brushes with the law during the last few years. He was convicted Oct. 16 of three misdemeanor charges, including battery on a police officer, by a New Orleans court (Daily Variety, Oct. 21) for his role in a disturbance at a hotel there. Young is scheduled to be sentenced on those charges in January.

Young also was recently named in a lawsuit by fellow N.W.A member Eazy E, aka Eric Wright (Daily Variety, Oct. 16), alleging that he, Sony Music and various executives of that company conspired to take acts from Wright’s Ruthless/Comptown Records label.

Young, along with the other members of N.W.A, was sued last year by Denise (Dee) Barnes, charging that the members assaulted and insulted her during a confrontation in a Los Angeles nightclub (55 Daily Variety, June 28, 1991).

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