RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 2 winner Tyra Sanchez, whose real name is James Ross IV, has been arrested in Virginia for a misdemeanor assault.
According to Virginia Beach court records, Tyra was arrested in Virginia on September 9, 15 days after the offense date of August 25. The complaint, which was filed by one Daniel Alonso, has been categorized under Virginia’s assault and battery penalty code 18.2-57. If found guilty, this penalty code may require her to spend a minimum of six month in mandatory confinement.
Tyra was arraigned in court the same day and bail was set. Since then, she has posted bail and has been released. A follow up arraignment has been set for October 8. No further details are known at this time.*
This arrest is not Tyra’s first since winning the second cycle of RuPaul’s Drag Race in 2010. In August 2011, she had a publicly known run-in with the law, in which she was arrested in Georgia for possession of marijuana. In this incident, she posted bail and was released the next day.
Tyra has not made any announcements about the incident on social media, but we have reached out to her for a public statement.
*We will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.