Afroman 'reaches settlement' with woman he punched on stage
American rapper, Afroman, is still best known for his 2002 hit, Because I Got High, but more recently, he has come under fire for punching a woman while on stage during a performance at the Mardi Gras in Biloxi, Mississippi.
Back in 2015, Afroman - who is also known as Joseph Edgar Foreman - was midway through his performance when a woman walked on stage, apparently uninvited. She purportedly approached Afroman from behind, while dancing. After touching the rapper, he spun around and knocked her down with a blow to the head, leaving her with a concussion. He was subsequently escorted off stage by security, and was arrested and charged with assault.
The woman in question, identified as Haley Byrd, sued both Afroman and Kress Live - the company that owns the venue where the rapper had been performing.
When interviewed, Afroman's spokesperson alleged that the act was an involuntary reflex to the woman invading his space. It was also claimed that the rapper mistook the woman for another audience member who had been heckling him throughout his set.
"This was a completely involuntary reflex reaction to people infringing on his stage space," his representative wrote in a statement to explain Afroman's onstage behavior. "It was uncharacteristic behavior that was initiated by outside uncontrolled forces."
The 43-year-old later issued a public apology, explaining that his anxiety may have affected his temperament at the free concert.
"I wanna apologize for my actions," he said in an interview with TMZ. "I usually play at night when I’ve had my dinner and I meditate, I get right, but it was an early show. It was Mardi Gras. I had to walk, like, half a mile to get to the place."
Afroman also took to Twitter to address the situation, simply stating: "It is what it is."
As of now, it's unknown how much Afroman settled for - but given that his biggest claim to fame is a track which was released back in 2002, we doubt that it ended too favorably for the rapper.
Afroman's representatives have reportedly declined to comment on this recent turn of events.
The rapper recently opened up about his purported adoration for his fans in an interview. "Everyone complains about their fans I notice when they need to be embracing them ‘cause customers are your bread and butter, you know what I’m saying?" he asserted. "So these are the people who stand up for me in the world and say, 'No, I like Afroman.' They tell that Drake fan, they tell that ‘Lil Wayne fan, 'no, I like Afroman.' And they stand up for me, and I think that deserves a picture and a handshake. I mean, even Hilary Clinton has time to turn around and take selfies with people, so who am I? You know what I mean?"
Bit ironic, eh?