Vanilla Ice, also known as Rob Van Winkle, used to rock the mic like a vandal. Then he was arrested for robbing a house like a burglar.
Vanilla Ice was arrested on February 18. Police said he took furniture, a pool heater, artwork and other items from a home next door to a house that he was renovating. Vanilla Ice owns a home renovation company and has a reality TV show called The Vanilla Ice Project. Vanilla Ice claimed he had bought the home. It turned out that he had not.
The case caught minor national attention, but is now coming to a peaceful resolution. Vanilla Ice appeared before Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Samantha Schosberg Feuer only to have a plea deal announced. His attorneys and the prosecutor struck a deal that will see the celeb perform 100 hours of community service and pay the deceased homeowner’s estate more than $1,100.
“I’m happy to get this resolved,” Vanilla Ice said. “I never had any criminal intent. It’s just unfortunate, but here we are. I’m moving forward.”
His reality TV show will premier on the DIY Network this weekend, so the plea deal comes just in time. And the work he will be performing couldn’t be more up his alley. It involves 100 hours of community service for Habitat for Humanity.
So Vanilla Ice will be working off his plea deal doing what he likes to do anyway.
“I’m going to do what I do anyway,” Vanilla Ice said of the plea deal. “This is an easy thing. It’s like asking the Pope to pray.”
Maybe they should’ve come up with something more fitting and useful. Like having him drive across the country collecting and destroying every VHS copy in existence of his film To the Extreme.