Embattled rapper Travis Scott will turn himself over to NYPD detectives next week after he was charged with assaulting a sound technician at an upscale Manhattan nightclub in the early hours of Monday morning.
Scott, 30, is charged with punching the 52-year-old man in the head and then damaging his equipment, including a video screen and speaker at a cost of approximately $12,000, at a nightclub called Nebula.
The Astroworld rapper then returned to California. His lawyers are negotiating with detectives about his return to the Big Apple the New York Daily News. The Houston native is scheduled for Saturday’s Rolling Loud hip-hop festival in LA.
In an interview with fox New York, the attack victim said Scott knocked him out, due to a request to turn down the music to improve the quality, and then attacked.
‘My neck is screwed up. My arm tingles. I’ve got pins and needles going down,” the man identified only as Mark said. A representative for the rapper told DailyMail.com that the incident was a “misunderstanding.”
Scott performed with Don Toliver, who has a weekly spot at Club Nebula, in the early morning hours. Videos show the pair performing in front of a packed audience
“I tried to tell him to turn the music down so it sounded right for the performance, but he just stuck his middle finger in my face,” added Mark. So I lowered the monitor a little so I could talk to him, and then he ran around the speaker and attacked me.”
Then Scott’s security guard threatened Mark’s life, he said from his hospital bed at Jersey City Medical Center.
Prior to attacking Mark, Scott is accused of threatening and shoving a DJ. A video from the club shows Scott telling the DJ to ‘back the f*** up’.
Mark seemed confused by the rapper’s actions. “It’s people trying to sound the best they can,” he told Scott.
“There were fans trying to take pictures, you throw away their phones, you know — these are people who respect you, who have your best interests at heart. Maybe you should calm down and listen to what the people who support you are trying to tell you,” he added.
Scott has maintained that NYPD officers’ nightclub punch-up was all a misunderstanding after a “great show,” despite snapping at a DJ, punching a sound engineer in the face, and slamming a fan’s phone on the floor.
Scott performed with Don Toliver, who has a weekly spot at Club Nebula, in the wee hours of Wednesday morning.
Videos show the pair performing to a packed audience at the Times Square hot spot. They had played another show at Irving Plaza earlier in the evening.
“There was also a verbal dispute at that location that ended in $12,000 in equipment damage. At this time, no warrant has been issued and the suspect is not being sought. However, that may change,” a spokesperson told DailyMail.com.
Scott’s representatives insist it was all a misunderstanding.
“There have been discussions with the venue which confirmed that this was a simple misunderstanding which was resolved within minutes. The show was great and never missed a beat.
“This has the hallmarks of money laundering but will be resolved and anyone with an agenda will be held accountable
“Travis and our team are already working with law enforcement to find a solution and get to the truth,” a source said.
His attorney, Mitchell Schuster, added in a statement: “While this is clearly a misunderstanding blown out of proportion by clickbait and misinformation, we are actively working with the venue and law enforcement to resolve this and set the record straight .
“We are confident that our client will be cleared of any wrongdoing.”
Scott with Kylie Jenner. The couple has two children, but split in January
Controversial rapper Travis Scott will hand himself over to NYPD investigators next week after he was accused of assaulting a sound engineer at an upscale Manhattan nightclub