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Report: Prosecutors Drop Vanilla Ice Battery Charge

Rapper Vanilla Ice is off the hook.

Domestic battery charges brought against the "Ice Ice Baby" singer have been dropped by prosecutors in Palm Beach, Fla., E! News reports.

His wife, Laura Van Winkle, reportedly recanted her statement alleging her husband of more than 10 years had raised his hand to her.

Vanilla Ice, whose real name is Robert Van Winkle, was released from jail April 11 following his arrest on a simple battery charge for allegedly pushing his wife.

The 40-year-old rapper was arrested and booked into Florida's Palm Beach County Jail after his wife called the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office to say he had kicked and hit her, the arrest report said. She later told deputies he had only pushed her.

"His wife from the get-go indicated that she didn't want to press charges and it was a big misunderstanding, but police arrested him anyway," Vanilla's attorney told E! news.

"We provided the state attorney's office with statements from witnesses that it was only verbal and from his wife, who recanted on the scene what she told them," the attorney said.

The report said Vanilla Ice denied pushing her.

Deputies arrived at Van Winkle's Wellington home around 7:15 p.m. to find him on his motorcycle, two blocks from their home, the Palm Beach Post reported. He said he left on his motorcycle so he and his wife could cool down.

Laura Van Winkle appeared uninjured but said she wants a divorce, according to a deputy's report, the Post said. She said her husband had not hit or kicked her, but had pushed her.

"He started yelling at me for going out to buy a bedroom set. In front of my daughter," she told a deputy, the arrest report says, according to the Post.

Her husband, in turn, told deputies that he and his wife had been arguing since the previous day, the Post reported.

Van Winkle said his wife is bipolar and takes medication but still has irrational and argumentative episodes and had thrown a picture frame from a rear balcony to the ground, where it shattered near him and their 8- and 10-year-old children, the Post reported. The couple has been married since 1997.

It's not the first time Vanilla Ice has been arrested in South Florida. In 2004, he was booked into the Broward County Jail on a domestic battery charge, according to records obtained by the Post. He also spent a night in jail in 2001 after being arrested following a domestic dispute, according to the Associated Press.

Vanilla Ice has had a career resurgence as a reality TV star. In 2002, he took part in "Celebrity Boxing" and later appeared in the second season of VH1's "The Surreal Life." More recently, he appeared on NBC's "Hit Me Baby One More Time."

His 1990 hit "Ice Ice Baby" — which sold 15 million copies — was the first rap single to reach No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. In 1991, he was chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the world.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.