Rapper DaBaby apologized Sunday for slapping a female fan in the face on video at his concert the previous evening in Florida.
The footage of the incident, which went viral online, appears to show DaBaby lashing out after someone held a phone, with the flash on, near his face. After his violent response to what seemed to be an attempted selfie, DaBaby continued to make his way toward the stage at the Tampa area venue.
DaBaby slaps a woman as he’s walking through a crowd of people. pic.twitter.com/bx6Ds717iu
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However, according to TMZ, the the “Suge” and “BOP” rapper was booed by his own audience, leading to the cancelation of the show before it started.
Police arrived at the scene in response to a 911 call. No arrests were made.
DaBaby, whose real name is Jonathan Lyndale Kirk, 28, later demanded alternate footage of the exchange in an Instagram post. He offered a $10,000 reward to anyone who could provide it.
“I got $10,000 for whoever got a good angle of shawty hitting me in my eye with her phone,” he said. “Who know shawty government name so my lawyer can get active?”
DaBaby gets around to apologizing for slapping a woman on video
However, in a series of Instagram Stories the following day, DaBaby apologized for hitting the woman, who was later identified as Tyronesha Laws. He suggested he had not know she was a woman.
“I do sincerely apologize, I do. I am very sorry that there was a female at the other end of the flashlight on the phone,” he said. “But keep in my mind I couldn’t see you.”
DaBaby also said he would fly out the woman to apologize in person.
“We can sit down and have an adult conversation,” he said. “You deserve respect, you and me both.”
DaBaby said he thinks fans should zoom in instead of putting the flash in his face. He called it a matter of respect.
TMZ reported that Laws told the police that she had only been standing next to the woman who put the camera in DaBaby’s face.
DaBaby has recently been caught on film appearing to commit a series of violent acts. In January alone, he was seen apparently attacking a hotel worker and an airport employee in separate incidents. Neither man pressed charges.
Also in January, DaBaby was arrested and charged with battery and robbery for allegedly attacking a concert promoted. Prosecutors have since dropped the charge of battery, but DaBaby still faces the robbery charge for allegedly stealing the man’s phone, credit card and cash.
DaBaby’s canceled show was part of his “Up Close N Personal Tour.” His album “Kirk” was the best-selling album in the United States in 2019.
An attorney for Law, Matt Morgan, told TMZ on Monday, “We look forward to speaking with Mr. Kirk.”