You may know him as "Vanilla Ice" but his real name is Robert Van Winkle.
Today the rapper and VH1 reality star made headlines for being in trouble with the law.
He appeared in court today, facing charges of domestic battery after his wife called police.
NewsChannel 5 spoke to the star's wife and has the details of what happened in court.
We spoke to Van Winkle's wife, Laura, by phone earlier this morning-- more on that conversation in a moment.
First here's what happened:
The official sheriff's office report shows that Laura called investigators last night saying her husband "struck" and "kicked" her during an argument.
When deputies arrived, the story suddenly changed. She then said that he'd only pushed her.
But that was apparently enough to make an arrest.
Robert Van Winkle, better known as Vanilla Ice, was booked for simple domestic
According to the report, deputies found him a couple of blocks away from his home on his motorcycle.
He told them that his wife was being irrational and argumentative, but he left before the fight became physical.
He appeared before a judge today, given the choice to pay a 1500 dollar bond.
But he chose to be released under alternative supervision.
"He is allowed to travel outside of the county, go anywhere in the United States but he must maintain contact with the court, as an alternative supervised release meaning telephone contact. He indicated to the court, he does travel 2 or 3 times a week."
Van Winkle left the county jail shortly after 10:00 this morning.
Here's what his wife Laura told me during our phone conversation:
She said: "Every family has issues and if he wasn't Vanilla Ice... none of this would be happening."
She also told me that she wants people to know "He's not a bad person. He just has a temper."
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