Poison Drummer Arrested on Rape Charge

'80s rocker nabbed at LAX customs for Miss. casino incident
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 29, 2008 10:00 AM CDT
Poison Drummer Arrested on Rape Charge
Drummer Rikki Rockett arrives at the Guitar Hero III "Legends of Rock" launch party in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2007.    (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas)

(Newser) – The drummer for '80s hair band Poison was hit with a rape warrant upon returning from New Zealand, E! Online reports. Richard Ream, 46, better known as Rikki Rockett, is accused of sexually assaulting a woman at a Mississippi casino resort where he was staying. Officials arrested him at customs in Los Angeles, and he spent the night behind bars; he was released Tuesday, pending a Mississippi extradition order.

Rockett’s accuser said the incident occurred September 23, and she filed a police report soon after. Rockett, who lives in LA, had been in New Zealand for a metal concert. The former hairdresser from Pennsylvania founded Poison with high school pal Brett Michaels in the mid-'80s, and the band had a string of hit albums. (Read more Rikki Rockett stories.)

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