Folk singer Christopher Paul Stelling is suing the New York Police Department (Nypd) over allegations a wrongful arrest derailed his tour.

The False Cities star was detained by cops in the Big Apple in May, 2013 after an officer spotted him in possession of a knife.

Stelling, 32, claimed he used the blade to open boxes, and a charge of criminal possession of a weapon was later dropped.

However, the singer/songwriter claims dealing with the case forced him to miss a number of tour dates, and he is now suing the Nypd, demanding unspecified damages for the "pain, suffering, mental anguish and humiliation" he suffered because of the arrest, according to the New York Post.