Former RuPaul's Drag Race judge Lucian Piane is arrested at gunpoint outside a bank for trespassing
LOS ANGELES -- Former RuPaul's Drag Race judge Lucian Piane was arrested at gunpoint, footage exclusively obtained by DailyMail.com shows, amid struggles with his mental health.
The music producer, 38, was arrested for trespassing after he refused to leave a Chase bank on Tuesday night on Santa Monica Boulevard in Los Angeles.
Piane willingly walked out of the bank with his hands above his head after two LA County Sheriff's deputies pointed their weapons at him.
Piane has been arrested three times already this month, including on August 10 for felony vandalism, as well as on Saturday during a citizen's arrest for trespassing, Los Angeles Police Department records show.
A family source told DailyMail.com they weren't aware of Piane's recent arrests but said he had been receiving treatment for mental health issues.
Tuesday's arrest comes after Piane's Twitter account was suspended after a series of bizarre tweets, calling people 'racist f*****ts' and asking if it was okay to 'call Beyonce the N-word'.
Eyewitness Peter Fitzgerald told DailyMail.com that he was inside a nearby Starbucks with friends when Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputies arrived.
Fitzgerald said: 'The cops pulled up and pointed their pistols at the bank. I was frightened because I thought there was a heist or something.
'Two SUVs pulled up outside the bank and drew their guns. We were so surprised.
'Lucian pushed out of the doors with his hands up and gave himself up very willingly. They cuffed him and emptied his pockets.'
Piane was overheard 'bragging' to the officers that he had been a guest judge on the popular reality show while he was being detained, Fitzgerald said.
He added that Piane was placed inside a third sheriff's department SUV, which had turned up to the scene later.
Fitzgerald said at first he wasn't sure who was being arrested until another bystander realized who the man was.
Fitzgerald said: 'Someone said his name was Lucian. [They said] he was bragging that he had been a judge on RuPaul's Drag Race.'