Uh oh! Busta Rhymes was arrested and charged with assault after allegedly throwing his ‘Muscle Milk’ protein drink at a Manhattan gym employee on Aug. 5. Get the details here!
Well, this is one way to get yourself arrested. Busta Rhymes, 43, whose real name is Trevor Tahiem Smith Jr., was arrested on Aug. 5 after he allegedly threw his Muscle Milk protein drink at a Steel Gym employee in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood. The drink that Busta allegedly threw hit the gym employee in the head after a dispute between them took a turn for the worse.
Busta was arrested around 8:30 p.m. on Aug. 5, according to the Associated Press. The “Gimme Some More” rapper and the gym employee were arguing, and Busta allegedly threw a 17-ounce cardboard container of the strawberry-flavored Muscle Milk drink at the man. The container hit the employee in the head, but he was not seriously injured.
“This case is a bunch of bull. This is just another attempt of someone trying to take advantage of Busta’s celebrity status. He will be vindicated,” Busta’s lawyer, Scott Leemon, told HollywoodLife.com.
A gym-goer said that feud between the employee and Busta started on Aug. 4, after the rapper attempted to bring a cameraman into the gym to record his workout, according to the New York Daily News. The employee refused to the videographer into the gym. Busta returned to the gym on Aug. 5 and asked the employee if he could buy a water and a chocolate-flavored Lean Body drink. He was then told to leave.
“Things got heated. Busta splashed water on him and the employee threw water back. Busta’s security got between them,” bodybuilder Sean Aird, 23, said. “The cops came and (the employee) kept changing his story.”
The rapper was charged with assault in the second degree. Some say the fight got blown out of proportion. “He was provoked,” Sean continued. “Busta never had any physical contact with him whatsoever.”
After the arrest, Busta posted an Instagram message that read: “Thanks to everyone who helped expedite this evening for me. I’m good and we’re back to the grind. Heading 2 the studio 2 turn the bulls— into GREATNESS. I’m super good.” Busta’s upcoming album, E.L.E.2 (Extinction Level Event 2), is set to be released this year. The album is a sequel to his 1998 album, E.L.E. (Extinction Level Event): The Final World Front.
Busta is due back in court Nov. 6.
— Avery Thompson