Former Queens of the Stone Age Bassist Booked For Domestic Violence, Nicki Minaj Gets Struck By Unidentified Man

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There must have been something in the stars yesterday. First, former Queens of the Stone Age bassist Nick Oliveri got into a standoff with a SWAT team at his Los Angeles home last night. Police were summoned by a neighbor who called 911 to report a disturbance between the singer and his girlfriend. According to a report on TMZ, Oliveri’s girlfriend told police that he had struck her during an argument the day before and she had returned to the location to box up her stuff so she could move out. During that time, the two got into a loud argument, during which Oliveri locked her inside the couple’s duplex.

When police finally arrived, the musician refused to let them inside or let his girlfriend leave. That’s when the SWAT were summoned, and a standoff took place. After two hours, Oliveri finally agreed to let the woman exit the home, and then gave himself up. Once inside, police found a high-powered rifle that was fully loaded. He was booked on felony domestic violence, but has since been released after posting $100,000 bail.

Fresh from revealing in a clip from her upcoming E! special, Nicki Minaj explained how she almost blew her shot with signing to Young Money after she made a bad first impression on Lil Wayne. But at least that meeting didn't come to fisticuffs unlike the colorful singer's fight in Dallas, Texas last night. The be-wigged rapper was questioned by authorities after a skirmish at the Palamor Hotel last night. Reportedly, the singer was relaxing at the pool when she got into a fight with an unidentified man she was staying with. Minaj instructed a hotel worker to summon the authorities after the man returned to their hotel room. The singer soon followed.

When police and paramedics arrived, Minaj told police that the poolside conflagration continued inside the hotel room and the man hit her in the mouth. He had already left the scene when cops arrived, but no matter since Nicki insisted she did NOT want to press charges, and inexplicitly that she was not in a relationship with the attacker. Police revealed that an incident report was taken but no charges will be filed per the singer’s request.

UPDATE: Nicki Minaj has refuted charges that she was punched by an unidentified man at Dallas’s Palomar Hotel, despite earlier reports.

“The fact that u believe a man either slapped or punched me in the face & didn’t leave on a stretcher w/his b—s hanging off?" she wrote in a tweet today. When contacted, Dallas police department did confirm that they were summoned to the upscale hotel, but exited after taking a report from Minaj, who refused to press charges in the incident.

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Jaan Uhelszki was one of the founding editors at Detroit’s legendary Creem magazine. Since that time, her work has appeared in USA Today, Uncut, Rolling Stone, Spin, NME, Relix, and Guitar World. She is the only journalist to have ever performed in full makeup with Kiss. Luckily she only had to put…

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