Sean Kingston arrested after police raid singer's home

Piece by: BBC NEWS

• Mr Kingston was accused in February by a company of not fully paying for a huge TV and sound system.

Singer Sean Kingston

Singer Sean Kingston has been arrested in California, hours after a police raid of his Florida mansion, during which his mother was also arrested.

Mr Kingston was accused in February by a company of not fully paying for a huge TV and sound system.

He was taken into custody in Fort Irwin, southern California, on fraud and theft charges on a Florida warrant, police in the latter state said.

In an earlier social media post, Mr Kingston said his lawyers were "handling everything".

The Florida police raid targeted a residence near Fort Lauderdale at which the singer - whose legal name is Kisean Anderson - was named as living in court documents from February.

US media - including the BBC's partner CBS News - reported that the woman arrested was Mr Kingston's mother.

Confirming the raid to the BBC, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office said it served arrest and search warrants at the property.

"As a result of the investigation, an adult female, Janice Turner, 2/16/1963, was taken into custody on numerous fraud and theft charges.

"This investigation is active and ongoing."

Officers were reportedly seen taking goods away from the house afterwards. It was not immediately clear whether the arrests were linked to the company's allegations.

Mr Kingston's own arrest hours later in southern California was "without incident", Broward police said. Mr Kingston was due to be booked into jail in San Bernadino.

Mr Kingston and his mother, known on Instagram as Mama Kingston, have been asked for a response.

Before his arrest, Mr Kingston appeared to address the developments on his Instagram account.

"I am good and so is my mother," the singer said in response to reports that the arrested woman was his mother.

"My lawyers are handling everything as we speak," he added.

A lawyer representing the pair acknowledged that allegations had been made against them, telling the AP news agency: “We look forward to addressing these in court and are confident of a successful resolution."

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