Wanted Rapper, Reality Star Sends Controversial Tweets To NYPD

A police cruiser passes by in Times Square (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

A police cruiser passes by in Times Square (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A rap and reality television star is lashing out at police who say he’s wanted for roughing up his ex-girlfriend and stealing her cell phone.

Joe Budden directed his ire at the New York Police Department via Twitter on Saturday after it sent out his picture and asked the public for help tracking him down.

In one expletive-punctuated tweet, the 33-year-old city native says he’s going to sue. In another he tells the NYPD’s account to alert the “man hunt” that he’ll be at an Astoria strip club.

Police say the “Love & Hip Hop” star snatched the phone and twisted his ex-girlfriend’s arm during a dispute in his car around 4:30 a.m. Monday in Manhattan.

Budden did not immediately return an email message. His latest album is “All Love Lost.”

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