Bigg Marv, aka Marvin Grant, a reality TV character and cousin of music star MC Hammer, was arrested Thursday afternoon for raping a woman he met on Twitter, according to Lt. Matt Sarsfield of the Livermore Police Department.
Grant, 33, met a 40-year old woman on Twitter.com, a social networking site, and the two developed a romantic relationship over emails and phone calls, said Sarsfield.
The woman, who is from Los Angeles, arranged to meet Wednesday night at a hotel in Livermore after Grant returned from a shoot in Las Vegas, Sarsfield said.
After dinner, the victim declined Grant’s advances, but Sarsfield said Grant refused to stop.
“He’s about 300 pounds, and was able to pin her down and keep one of her arms down while he sexually assaulted her,” said Sarsfeld.
Sarsfield said Grant later agreed several times by cell phone to surrender, but never did. Livermore Police staked out several locations and eventually arrested Grant in Tracy.
M.C. Hammer’s reality show called, “Hammertime,” airs on the A&E cable television network, and follows the antics of Hammer’s household in Tracy. Most of the characters are close family members.
Grant often is portrayed as a bumbling comedic character who is always trying to lose weight and once even danced with M.C. Hammer’s backup dancers.
Grant is still in police custody, waiting to be booked into the Alameda County jail facility in Santa Rita, said Sarfield.
A tweet from M.C. Hammer’s Twitter account Thursday evening announced that someone named “Big Mike” was on the way to bail Grant out of jail.
An earlier tweet from the #MCHammer Twitter account announced, “Marv has been picked up. Were standing by him. Welcome to Fame Cousin Marv. Were Praying for you.”
The arrest warrant indicates Grant will be held on $60,000 bail. Grant faces one charge of rape.