UPDATE: Dupri, who refused to return TMZ's call for comment, issued the following statement to another news outlet:
"Just to set the record straight, I was pulled over because the police said my exhaust pipes were too loud, I had tinted windows and platinum motor plates. Nothing more, nothing less."
OK Jermaine, but it still begs the question, who the hell gets put in the back of a police car for tinted windows?!
For more than a day, TMZ has been asking the L.A. County Sheriff's Department why deputies pulled Jermaine Dupri over and then put him in the back of a cop car before releasing him. The best answer we've gotten from one of the deputies who made the stop -- "It's personal ... it's none of your business."
The rapper and music mogul was pulled over as he drove his Lamborghini Tuesday afternoon in West Hollywood. His passenger was also taken to the cop car and placed in the back. The doors to the vehicle were all wide open when cameras arrived.
A number of TMZ users have been speculating that it's a case of racial profiling. One user wrote, "It's the cops hating again. Paris is going to jail so it's time to start hating blacks driving $250k cars."
A spokesman for the Sheriff would not comment. Interestingly, neither would Dupri's rep.
Why Jermaine Dupri
Ended Up in a Cop Car
5/10/2007 3:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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