Rapper the Game was arrested yesterday (Oct. 28), accused of causing a scene at a Greensboro, N.C., mall and refusing to remove a Halloween mask. “I got arrested for signing autographs,” the 25-year-old rapper told WFMY-TV after he was released on $500 bail. “Signing a little girl’s autograph got me arrested.”
But police said the Game, whose real name is Jayceon Taylor, and a group of companions behaved disruptively and swearing at Four Seasons Town Centre. He was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. At one point, police said, his companions were sprayed with pepper spray when they surrounded officers in a threatening manner.
Mall security officers said the rapper was wearing a full-face Halloween mask and cursing loudly, and refused to leave when asked. When police arrived, Taylor continued to act up and was arrested, a police statement said.
The Game said officers overreacted. “They thought I was Rodney King, man. It was a case of mistaken identity,” he told WFMY. “It’s unfair, man. Their behavior’s unfair.”
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