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Don Cornelius Charged With Multiple Crimes

11/14/2008 2:54 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

"Soul Train" host Don Cornelius has been charged with three counts of spousal battery, one count of dissuading a witness from making a police report, and one count of assault with a deadly weapon.

Cornelius was arrested last month after allegedly getting into it with a woman at his home. The 72-year-old is married but cops aren't saying if the alleged victim was his wife.

The charges that were just filed by the L.A. City Attorney -- all misdemeanors -- stem from two separate incidents.

Cornelius could get five years if convicted of all charges.

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A Real Housewife from Compton    

It's time for him to get on the 'Ooooooooold Traaaain'.

2105 days ago
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PHE    

You know they are not gonna put "The Don" prison... fees and counsiling at the most

2105 days ago
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Not Blind    

""Soul Train" host Don Cornelius has been charged with three counts of spousal battery"

"The 72-year-old is married but cops aren't saying if the alleged victim was his wife."

To the author of this article: The word "spousal" indicates marriage.

duuuuh :)

2105 days ago
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Crabby    

Now that's REALLY old school gangsta stuff! Ike would be proud!

2105 days ago
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american beauty    

I will always remember being a kid in Chicago in teh late 60s and watching Soul Train. One particular show: a musical guest performed, and D.C. subsequently interviewed him. The interview quickly turned into D.C. accusing the musical guest (can't recall who it was) of having an affair with Mrs. Cornelius. They almost came to fisticuffs. I don't know if that show was live. If it wasn't, I was surprised that they'd show it. That was one amazing interview! And from that point on, I couldn't stand D.C. He's skank. (So was his wife at the time.)

2105 days ago
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Kitty Angel    

This guy has always given me the creeps!!

2105 days ago
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John    

WHAT A DISGRACE HE IS! I USEDTO WATCH SOUL TRAIN AS A KID & ALWAYS ENJOYED ALL THE STARS HE BROUGHT ON..JAMES BROWN..MARVIN GAYE & TAMMY..ARETHA..DD SHARP..SUPREMES & SMOKEY R ...WHOEVER THE WOMAN WAS HE WAS ABUSING SHOULD HAVE KNOCKED HIM OUT!! HE SHOULD GET A TASTE OF HIS OWN MEDICINE!! HE'S NO ONE TO LOOK UP TO..CERTAINLY NO RUSSELL SIMMONS! JUST AN OLD P.O.S. LOSER!!!!!

2105 days ago
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Valentine    

I dont understand, the first paragraph clearly says 3 COUNTS OF SPOUSAL BATTERY. How do they NOT know who the victim is?

2105 days ago
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CADCELL    

I WISH HIM LOVE, PEACE SOUL!!!

2105 days ago
10.

whitey    

Sooooooooooooooooooooooooooul Train!

2105 days ago
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billyboyhere    

What a miserable soul he must be and has been all these years...to have that much anger and rage inside to strike a female and one that he is married to. Either way, color this man Done. Best he stay hidden for the remainder of his days unless repentance and amends are part of his vocabularly.

Right now he's coming across as the biggest Phony of the last 4 decades.

2105 days ago
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mooom    

he always was a self centered jerk

2105 days ago
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JPD    

MUST HAVE BEEN BUSH'S FAULT....ALWAYS KEEPING THE BLACK MAN DOWN....AT LAST WE WILL HAVE A PRESIDENT (MESSIAH) WHO WILL APPEAR ON SOULLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL TRAINNNNNNNNNN!

2105 days ago
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ajm33771    

Oh no! Don is in Tra-Booo LOL Are you sure that it wasn't some one else doing this? LOL

2105 days ago
15.

Rick Klark    

Way ta go bro. Gotta keep em' in line. A little backhand every once in a while let's em know who's boss.

2105 days ago
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