Curtis James Jackson, AKA 50 Cent, injured a US radio host and will have to front up to police after launching a microphone into the crowd at his ‘Final Lap' concert.
Footage posted to TikTok by @polyboy.steezy shows the ‘Outta Control’ rapper become frustrated with a microphone that’s not working. After being handed another one by a stage assistant, Jackson sets his feet and, with some HEAT, biffs it straight down into the Cryptom.com arena crowd.
TMZ is reporting that the mic hit Bryahna Monegain, host of Power 106 radio, in the head. Monegain, who went to the hospital with a gnarly cut on her forehead, has filed a police report against Jackson, claiming that he “looked directly at her before throwing the mic…so he knew she was there”.
Scott Leemon, the rapper’s attorney, says Jackson was not purposefully aiming it at anyone.
“Let's be very clear, as I told LAPD this afternoon, my client Curtis (AKA 50 Cent) would never intentionally strike anyone with a microphone,” he told TMZ. “Anyone saying something different doesn’t have all the facts and is misinformed."
TMZ is also saying Monaghan gatecrashed her way into a restricted section of the crowd, but this doesn’t seem to have anything to do with the microphone being thrown.
NB: TMZ's below video contains graphic imagery of the wound.
Earlier this year another rapper hoiked a mic into the crowd. Cardi B did so after a fan tossed a drink at her during a concert - the rapper was intentionally aiming at the person.
Cardi – real name Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar – is initially seen happily performing in a bright orange dress, then in the midst of her song she was sprayed with liquid from the crowd.
Looking stunned, Cardi is then seen hurling her microphone at someone in the audience as the soundtrack to her song with her vocals plays in the background.
Remember rappers, it’s ‘drop the mic’ not ‘intensely hurl the mic into someone’s head’.