Travis Scott is wanted in a sexual assault case, but his lawyer claims it’s all a “misunderstanding.”
The Astroworld rapper, 30, allegedly punched a sound engineer and caused $12,000 in damage at Nebula nightclub in Midtown Manhattan on Wednesday morning, and the alleged victim is speaking out. Scott was at the location and made a surprise appearance with his protégé Don Toliver.
An NYPD spokesperson confirmed the incident to Yahoo Entertainment on Wednesday, saying an alleged attack occurred at that location at 2 a.m. Wednesday. It stemmed from a “verbal dispute” between Scott and a 52-year-old that “escalated into a physical altercation”. The victim was reportedly “punched in the face” and the aggressor “went on to damage an audio speaker and a video screen, damaging approximately $12,000 worth of equipment. The investigation is ongoing.”
Mitchell Schuster, an attorney for Scott (real name: Jacques Webster II), tells us, “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 find solution and set the record straight. We are confident that our client will be cleared of any wrongdoing.”
A source close to Scott added, “Travis and team [are] is already working with law enforcement to resolve and get to the truth.” The person suggests that the incident “has the earmarks of a money grab” but promises it “will be resolved and anyone with an agenda will be held accountable.” be called.”
Nebula’s managing partner Richie Romero also weighs in, telling Yahoo, “This is completely out of proportion. It was a great night.” And Dorian Harrington, the talent booker who hired Toliver and was on stage when the drama unfolded, says it’s “a total misunderstanding… What I saw on stage doesn’t match what I read in the news. The music and the night went fine and everyone left peacefully.”
However, the sound engineer tells a different story. From a hospital bed in New Jersey, the man was interviewed on Wednesday evening by the New York news channel WYNW-TV. Identified only as “Mark”, but described as one of the “most respected sound engineers in New York City”, he said that Scott turned the DJ music so loud that the sound was distorted. When he tried to lower the volume, Scott reportedly became enraged. He claims that Scott gave him the finger and then went to where he was, offstage in a cordoned off area, and hit him on the head.
The alleged victim said he could not turn his head and has been admitted to hospital. He told the outlet, “My neck is fucked up. My arm is tingling. I’ve got pins and needles going down it.”
According to the outlet, Mark also claimed that before Scott started dating him, the rapper shoved the DJ and grabbed a clubgoer’s phone, who had taken his photo, and threw it across the room. Scott reportedly fled the West 41st St. club in a car.
TMZ ran a video of Scott exchanging words with the DJ, as if he were saying “back the f*** up”. Another video showed what appeared to be the damaged sound equipment.
Earlier in the evening, Scott was also the surprise guest at Toliver’s show at Union Square music venue, Irving Plaza. They later went to Nebula, where Toliver was booked to host an after party.
The “Sicko Mode” singer is the longtime boyfriend of reality star and beauty mogul Kylie Jenner, with whom he shares two children, Stormi and Aire. However, they are reportedly on a hiatus.
Scott returned to the stage for the first time since the Astroworld Festival tragedy last year. While headlining his festival in November 2021, 10 people died in a wave of crowds. Scott, who said he was unaware that people were being trampled, has been the defendant in a number of lawsuits over the tragedy.
This story was originally published March 1, 2023 at 12:17 a.m. ET and has been updated with new information.