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The Weeknd Pleads No Contest To Punching A Police Officer

Lenny Kravitz, Grace Jones, Lauryn Hill, Lion Babe, Thundercat, SZA & More Rock The Afropunk Festival 2015 in Brooklyn, NY.

The Weeknd has pleaded "no contest" to a court case claiming that he punched a Las Vegas police officer in January of this year. The plea was entered Wednesday, October 21, according to reports from TMZ, and affords Abel Tesfaye the opportunity to avoid jail so long as he fulfills anger management training, alcohol testing and 50 hours of community service. He will also be forced to pay $1,000 to an injured police fund as recompense for violently lashing out a cop.

The Weeknd was first arrested on one count of misdemeanor battery of a protected person after the altercation, which took place at the Cromwell Hotel in Vegas. Billboard notes that "when law enforcement arrived and attempted to break it up, separating those involved, Tesfaye struck the officer in the side of the head with a closed fist." Here's hoping that Tesfaye has learned his lesson and will only pummel microphones onstage as he sets out on his extensive North American tour—a tour which, we must point out, does not include a stop within the great state of Nevada.

The Weeknd Fall/Winter 2015 Tour Dates:

Tue, Nov. 03, 2015 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre

Fri, Nov. 06, 2015 – Chicago, IL – United Center

Sat, Nov. 07, 2015 – Detroit, MI – Palace of Auburn Hills

Wed, Nov. 11, 2015 – Newark, NJ – Prudential Center

Thu, Nov. 12, 2015 – Boston, MA – DCU Center

Sat, Nov. 14, 2015 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun

Sun, Nov. 15, 2015 – Washington, DC – Verizon Center

Mon, Nov. 16, 2015 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden

Wed, Nov. 18, 2015 – Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center

Tue, Nov. 24, 2015 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre

Fri, Nov. 27, 2015 – Winnipeg, MB – MTS Centre

Sun, Nov. 29, 2015 – Calgary, AB – Scotiabank Saddledome

Mon, Nov. 30, 2015 – Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place

Wed, Dec. 02, 2015 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena

Sat, Dec. 05, 2015 – Oakland, CA – Oracle Arena

Tue, Dec. 08, 2015 – Los Angeles, CA – The Forum

Sun, Dec. 13, 2015 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center

Tue, Dec. 15, 2015 – Atlanta, GA – Philips Arena

Thu, Dec. 17, 2015 – Tampa, FL – Amalie Arena

Sat, Dec. 19, 2015 – Miami, FL – American Airlines Arena