A rapper who was once nominated for a Grammy has been arrested for allegedly punching a woman during a Mardi Gras performance in Biloxi, Mississippi.
Joseph Foreman, known to his fans as Afroman, was reportedly performing at Kress Live on Tuesday when video footage caught him punching a female fan who had walked on stage. The 40-year-old old musician can reportedly be seen in the video, which went viral within minutes after being posted on Facebook, turning around and delivering a punch to the woman that caused her to collapse to the ground, reports WLOX.
"Afroman was about five songs into his set when the incident occurred," said Chase Taylor, the owner of Kress Live. "We pulled the plug on him, and security met him at the bottom of the stage to escort him outside, where he was taken into custody."
Afroman reportedly paid $330 cash bond to be released from jail, reports TMZ. According to the rapper's representative, he reacted swiftly when he saw someone on stage and didn't know whether it was a man or a woman. He also reportedly complained that the club lacked sufficient security and that anyone could get up on stage.
His rep told Billboard that this behavior was out of character for Afroman, who was nominated for a Grammy in 2002 for his song, "Because I Got High."
"This was a completely involuntary reflex reaction to people infringing on his stage space," his rep said in a prepared statement to Billboard. "It was uncharacteristic behavior that was initiated by outside uncontrolled forces."