Singer The Weeknd escapes jail time after punching cop

Updated 24 October 2015
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Singer The Weeknd escapes jail time after punching cop

LOS ANGELES: Canadian singer The Weeknd has managed to avoid jail time in the United States after punching a Las Vegas police officer earlier this year.
According to court documents filed this week, the singer, whose real name is Abel Tesfaye, has agreed to “stay out of trouble” in exchange for having the case dismissed.
He also pledged to do 50 hours of community work in his native Canada, to contribute $1000 to a fund for injured police officers, and to undergo counseling.
The 25-year-old R&B singer was arrested in January at the Cromwell Hotel in Las Vegas after police were called in to break up a fight. He punched a police officer and was arrested following the incident.
The legal trouble came as The Weeknd was establishing himself as a major star with his album “Beauty Behind the Madness,” which spent three weeks at number one on the US chart.
The Weeknd, best known for his hit song “Can’t Feel My Face,” is considered an early favorite for the upcoming Grammy Awards.
The singer, the son of Ethiopian immigrants, rose from obscurity in 2010 when he posted songs on YouTube.


Need to vent some anger? Jordan opens ‘Axe Rage Rooms’

Updated 18 April 2019
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Need to vent some anger? Jordan opens ‘Axe Rage Rooms’

  • People can demolish old items as well as smash plates and glasses — but for the price of $17
  • So-called rage rooms have been opening up around the world

AMMAN: In an underground room in Amman, a small group of Jordanians swing giant hammers at an old television, computer and printer, wrecking the machines, and then hit a car windscreen, shattering the glass into tiny pieces.
In the “Axe Rage Rooms,” people can vent their anger and frustration by demolishing old items as well as smashing plates and glasses.
“This is simply a place to break things and vent,” co-founder and general manager Ala’din Atari said. “A place where people come when they’re looking for a new experience... walking into a room with various items which they can break.”
So-called rage rooms have opened around the world, drawing visitors who want let their hair down and unleash some anger.
At the “Axe Rage Rooms,” where the experience costs $17, participants wearing protective suits and helmets wrote the issues bothering them on a blackboard — “ex-girlfriends,” “boss” and “all boyfriends,” the words becoming the targets of their anger.
Atari said his venue, which has seen about 10 clients a day in the month since it opened, had a space for couples, where the pair enter two rooms separated by a reinforced glass window.
“I wanted to try something new and...it was great,” said Ayla Alqadi, 23, after chucking old kitchenware at the window — behind which stood a friend.
“I felt like I had extra energy, it was a way to channel all the negativity inside, everything you feel inside you can release here.”