Soul Train Founder Don Cornelius Arrested on Domestic Violence Charge

Don Cornelius, the founder and former host of Soul Train, was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence on Friday (Oct. 17).

The Police, responding to an anonymous call of a domestic dispute, arrived at Mr. Cornelius’ home in the Hollywood Hills and took him into custody.

Mr. Cornelius, 72, was booked on a felony domestic violence and later released after posting $50,000 bail. It has not been made clear by law enforcement authorities if Mr. Cornelius’ wife Victoria (pictured above) was involved in the incident or who the target of the domestic violence was.

After posting $50,000 bail, a judge ordered Cornelius to appear in court next month. At press time, authorities would not confirm who Cornelius is accused of assaulting.

Soul Train premiered in 1970 and quickly became a sensation featuring the world’s most popular Black music artists including, Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye and James Brown. Mr. Cornelius played host on the program for over 36 years when production stopped in 2006. He sold the rights to the dance show to MadVision Entertainment Inc earlier this year. MadVision plans to relaunch the program at some point, and will aim to draw broader audiences with shows on the Internet and video-on-demand.

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