Hip-hop producer DJ Khaled was briefly wanted by the law Tuesday — after failing to appear Tuesday in Miami court to face a minor boating violation.
A bench warrant was issued for the outsized personality born Khaled M. Khaled, 40, who is known for his music, upbeat social media presence and ultimate Miami Heat fandom.
Prosecutors said Khaled was supposed to appear before Miami-Dade County Judge Bill Altfield to face the boating citation. Because he did not appear, the charge was upgraded to a misdemeanor “failure to appear on a non-criminal boating violation.”
Judge Altfield then vacated the warrant because Khaled was not served the paperwork, a court spokeswoman explained. A new hearing date has been set for May 17.
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Khaled, a staple of local Miami radio, skyrocketed to Internet fame over the last year for his immensely popular Snapchat videos detailing his “keys to success.” Billboard magazine labeled him “hip-hop’s Oprah.”
He is also a regular courtside at Miami Heat games, forging a relationship with fellow Snapchat aficionado Hassan Whiteside.
What boating regulation Khaled is accused of violating wasn’t clear Tuesday afternoon, but the producer is clearly a fan of the sea.
In December, he posted a Snapchat video of himself lost on a waterbike in the dark. Apparently, Khaled, who posts under the username @djkhaled305, rode over to friend Rick Ross’ waterside mansion for lunch but couldn’t find his way back.
“Always have faith, always have hope,” the 40-year-old DJ tweeted after arriving safely back to a computer. “It’s so real out here.”