(AllHipHop News) Chuck D has reassured fans his house survived the recent wildfires in California, despite reports it had burned to the ground.
His old Public Enemy bandmate Flavor Flav alleged in a lawsuit that Chuck’s mansion had fallen victim to the Thomas fire – the largest blaze in California history.
However, a representative for Chuck, real name Carlton Douglas Ridenhour, said his home has not burnt down.
“He is heartsick over the losses the people of Ventura and its surrounding areas continue to endure,” a rep said.
On Twitter, the 57-year-old rapper revealed the truth to a concerned fan – that he had merely been evacuated to escape toxic fumes and potential mudslides.
Flav, real name William Jonathan Drayton Jr, is reportedly suing Chuck for playing old Public Enemy songs on tour with his new supergroup Prophets of Rage – formed with members of metal group Rage Against The Machine.
Legal documents stated that his lawyers were unable to serve Chuck with Flav’s complaint as his “home burned down in the fire.”
The Thomas fire, which has destroyed more than 1,000 buildings, is still smoldering, but Los Angeles Fire Department officials say it is now 90 percent under control.
Heavy rainfall in the wake of the fires has led to mudslides, which have killed at least 17 and threatened the homes of several celebrities, including Rob Lowe, Oprah Winfrey, and Ellen DeGeneres.
Oprah’s Santa Barbara estate has been particularly hard hit, as she revealed in a video on Instagram captioned, “Woke up to this blazing gas fire. then swipe left to see how deep the mud is in my backyard. Helicopters rescuing my neighbors. Looking for missing persons. 13 lives lost. #Mudslides.”