The Weeknd Enters Plea in Las Vegas Battery Case

A judge has ordered the R&B artist to complete community service and impulse control counseling

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Court records obtained by PEOPLE indicate The Weeknd pleaded no contest last week to a single battery charge, stemming from his alleged role in a hotel fracas that occurred back in January.

The Canadian R&B artist – real name: Abel Tesfaye – appeared in court on Oct. 21 before Las Vegas Judge Conrad Hafen to answer to the misdemeanor charge.

Police claim the 25-year-old musician allegedly punched a Las Vegas police officer that stepped in to break up a pre-dawn fight inside the Cromwell Hotel 10 months ago.

The fight happened the morning of Jan. 10 and involved a number of men, according to Las Vegas court records. The Weeknd was in Sin City for a nightclub gig the previous evening.

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Hafen agreed to dismiss the charge against The Weeknd so long as he stays out of trouble while completing 50 hours of community service. The judge also ordered the musician to submit impulse control counseling and attend an alcohol evaluation.

He must also pay the officer he is alleged to have punched in the head a total of $1,000.

The officer was not seriously injured in the incident.

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