Rapper Juvenile was arrested early Wednesday in Miami on battery and other charges, for allegedly smashing a champagne bottle over a man's head and grabbing a police officer during a disturbance outsi
Rapper Juvenile was arrested early Wednesday in Miami on battery and other charges, for allegedly smashing a champagne bottle over a man's head and grabbing a police officer during a disturbance outside a comedy club.
The top-selling rapper was taken into custody after the fight at the Improv Comedy Club in Miami's trendy Coconut Grove section. He was released on $17,000 bond.
Authorities said fights broke out after audience members were leaving the club shortly after midnight. In one skirmish, Juvenile, whose real name is Terius Gray, hit Jackson Saint Ange over the head with a bottle of Moet champagne, police said. An unconscious Ange was taken to a hospital, where he was treated and released.
Witnesses told police Ange had approached Juvenile during the show and was disrespectful. ''As we were told, he dissed him,'' Miami police spokesman Delrish Moss said. ''The entire fight was about disrespect shown to the rap artist.''
Police said they didn't learn of the alleged assault until they had interviewed witnesses. Off-duty officers were breaking up one of the other fights when Juvenile approached them.
''The rap artist walks over to one of our police officers, grabs him, and starts yelling obscenities at him insisting he be taken to jail rather than the person we were in the process of arresting,'' Moss said.
Juvenile got away from the officers and ran across the street, where he allegedly yelled obscenities at another man in the crowd, but police caught him. He was charged with aggravated battery with a bottle, battery on a law enforcement officer, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest without violence.
Juvenile's records have sold over 1 million copies. His hits include ''Ha,'' and ''Back That Thang Up.''
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