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Battery Case Dropped Against Vanilla Ice

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Rapper Vanilla Ice won’t be prosecuted for allegedly beating his wife, court documents show.

“The State declines to file criminal charges,” a Palm Beach County, Fla. prosecutor wrote. “There is insufficient credible evidence … due to the victim recanting her original statement and lack of an independent witness.”

The rapper, real name Robert Van Winkle, 40, was arrested April 10 in Wellington, Fla., after his wife, Laura, told sheriffs that he allegedly “struck” and “kicked” her.

“It was just a verbal argument. He didn’t physically harm his wife,” Winkle’s attorney Bradford M. Cohen told PEOPLE.

A restraining order against the musician has also been lifted.
Ken Lee