Madonna speaks out for son Rocco weeks after his arrest

Madonna is speaking out after reports that her rebellious teen son Rocco Ritchie, who got his way in being allowed to live in London with dad Guy Ritchie, was arrested there weeks ago.

News that Rocco, 16, was arrested on a charge of possession of marijuana on Sept. 28 emerged only Tuesday in reports in The Sun in London and by TMZ.

Early Thursday, the Daily Mail published photos of what it said was the "moment" that Rocco was taken into custody near his father's home after neighbors in the upscale northwest London borough called the cops.

The Mail's photos show a figure turned away from the camera and with a white hoodie pulled over his head, so the individual's identity is not clear.

The police report on the incident did not name anyone, as is usual by London police, but confirmed only that a "16-year-old youth" was arrested.

But the reports gained more credibility on Wednesday when Madonna issued a cryptic statement to the Associated Press that called the arrest "a family matter."

"I love my son very much," her statement said. "I will do whatever I can to give him the support that he needs, and I ask that you respect our privacy at this time."

So far, Ritchie has not issued a statement. The youth was released on bail and his case will be handled by the Camden borough's Youth Offending Team, according to the police report.

Rocco was the subject of a months-long custody dispute this year between Madonna and ex-husband Guy Ritchie, after Rocco left his mother's tour in late 2015 and went to London to be with his father. Madonna objected and went to family court in New York seeking his return.

After much back and forth in courts in New York and in London, Rocco's parents, who divorced in 2008, agreed in September to allow Rocco to continue living with Ritchie and attending high school in London.

Contributing: The Associated Press


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