MC Hammer's Cousin Charged in Twitter Rape Mess

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M.C. Hammer poses for a publicity shot pumping his Youtube competitor,, near Pier 41 in San Francisco, Nov. 20, 2007.

LIVERMORE, Calif. (CBS/AP) Hey, guess who's using Twitter. According to Northern California police, it's M.C. Hammer's cousin, who now stands accused of raping a woman he met on the social networking site.

CBS affiliate KDKA-TV reports that 33-year-old Marvin Grant, also known as "Bigg Marv," was arrested for investigation of rape Thursday in the sexual assault of a 40-year-old woman who arranged to meet him at a Livermore hotel Wednesday night.

Livermore Police Lt. Matt Sarsfield says the two developed a romantic relationship over e-mails and phone calls.

Police say Grant attacked the woman after she declined his advances.

"He's about 300 pounds, and was able to pin her down and kep one of her arms down while he sexually assaulted her," Sarsfeld told KDKA.

Grant, who is also known as Marv, appears on the rapper's reality show on the A&E cable network. The show follows the rapper and his family at his Tracy home.

Acccording to KDKA, MC Hammer's twitter account announced that someone named "Big Mike" was on the way to bail Grant out of jail.

An earlier tweet from the #MCHammer Twitter account announced, "Marv has been picked up. Were standing by him. Welcome to Fame Cousin Marv. Were Praying for you."

It wasn't immediately whether Grant had a lawyer.