Friday 18 August 2017

Rap star Busta Rhymes charged with assault in gym fight

Busta Rhymes was arrested on Wednesday in Manhattan. (AP)
Busta Rhymes was arrested on Wednesday in Manhattan. (AP)

Rapper Busta Rhymes has been charged with assault after allegedly throwing a protein drink at a gym employee.

The 43-year-old star, whose real name is Trevor Tahiem Smith Jr, was arrested after an incident at Steel Gym in the Chelsea neighbourhood of Manhattan.

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

He said Rhymes allegedly threw a cardboard container of strawberry protein drink at the man, hitting him on the head.

A lawyer for Rhymes, known for songs such as Gimme Some More, Fire It Up and Dangerous, said he is confident Rhymes will beat the second degree assault charges.

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