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Rapper Busta Rhymes Arrested After Altercation With NYC Gym Employee

August 6, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Rapper Busta Rhymes Arrested After Altercation With NYC Gym Employee

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NEW YORK (AP) — Rapper Busta Rhymes has been charged with assault after allegedly throwing a protein drink at a Manhattan gym employee.

Authorities say 43-year-old Rhymes, whose real name is Trevor Tahiem Smith Jr., was arrested around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. The incident happened at Steel Gym in the city’s Chelsea neighborhood.

A spokesman for the New York Police Department says the Brooklyn-born rapper and the worker had been involved in a dispute that escalated.

He says Rhymes allegedly threw a 17-ounce cardboard container of strawberry protein drink at the man, hitting him in the head. It wasn’t immediately known if there were injuries.

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However, several witnesses said the two had been at odds in the past and questioned why Busta was busted.

One bodybuilder said that a front desk employee got into a beef with Busta Tuesday when the rapper tried to bring a cameraman into the gym to record his workout routine. The worker refused to allow the videographer inside.

When Rhymes returned to the workout facility Wednesday he approached the desk to buy a water and a chocolate-flavored Lean Body drink and the employee told him he had to leave.

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“Things got heated. Busta splashed water on him and the employee threw water back. Busta’s security got between them,” said Sean Aird, 23, a bodybuilder from Brooklyn. “The cops came and (the employee) kept changing his story.”

Others at the popular weightlifting spot agreed.

Another witness, an employee at the gym, confirmed that there had been bad blood between the two in the past. “This has been going on for a long time,” the employee told the New York Daily News

A lawyer for Rhymes, known for his songs “Gimme Some More” and “Dangerous,” tells The Daily News he’s confident Rhymes will beat the second degree assault charge.

The Brooklyn-born rapper was arrested at the scene and charged with second-degree assault, cops said. “He was provoked,” Aird told the Daily News. “Busta never had any physical contact with him whatsoever.”

Rhymes is no stranger to the NYPD. In 2006, he was arrested four times in 10 months: Once for assaulting a fan who spit on his car, once for assaulting his driver and twice for incidents behind the wheel.

“It’s stupid,” Rhymes said after being released by a judge early Thursday.

“It’s ridiculous, it was literally a bottle of Muscle Milk,” a lawyer representing the musician said.

Court information wasn’t immediately available.

 

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