Son of pop star Cyndi Lauper arrested, reportedly connected to shooting in NYC

An 80s pop star’s son found himself on the wrong side of the law again after a shooting incident demanded a hefty bail.

Wednesday in New York City, Declyn “Dex” Lauper, the 26-year-old son of Cyndi Lauper and actor David Thornton, was arrested on charges of criminal possession of a weapon. According to the NYPD, minutes after a shooting had taken place on West 112th St. after 7 p.m., Lauper was allegedly located with blood on his shoe and a gun in his black fanny pack.

Speaking in Manhattan Criminal Court Friday, Assistant District Attorney Harriet Jiranek stated, “The defendant and the separately apprehended individual drove to the location both with firearms to engage in what appears to be illicit activity.”

The prosecution detailed that Lauper and another man had been transported from Queens to Harlem by a rideshare at which point the driver allegedly heard one say, “It has already been sold.”

It was then that five armed individuals were said to have come upon the vehicle at which point a shot was fired, striking the 24-year-old male with the celebrity son in the leg, said prosecutors. He was transported to Mount Sinai Morningside Hospital and reported to be in stable condition, according to the New York Daily News.

The newspaper also detailed that the prosecution had sought bail of $50,000 cash or a bond of $150,000 for the two counts of criminal possession of a firearm. Though drugs were said to be found on his person at the time of the arrest, law enforcement sources told the New York Post he did not face possession charges.

Lauper’s attorney Steven Brill had pushed for release without bail and the Post reported him having argued for that based on his client’s work with a life coach. “My point of bringing that out is that you have another layer of supervision that he’s privately engaged to have him seen and be there for him given when he’s released during the pendency with this case.”

Instead, the criminal court Judge Pamela Goldsmith set the bond at $100,000 with cash bail at $20,000 which was ultimately paid by Thornton.

The incident followed a previous run-in with the law in July 2022 when Lauper had been arrested after he was found seated in the driver’s seat of a stolen 2014 Mercedes-Benz C350 that had been taken from outside another rapper’s memorial.

As part of an agreement to remain out of legal trouble for at least a year, Lauper had walked away from the vehicle arrest with an order to complete five days of community service.

At the time of this post, his entertainer mother, whom he was said to currently reside with on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, had not responded to a request for comment from Fox News Digital

His father remained silent as they exited the courthouse Friday while Lauper announced, “The King of New York is on bail!” He was scheduled to return to court Feb. 13.

Kevin Haggerty

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