Rapper Necro Fined Over Perth Assault

New York-based “king of death rap” Necro and his DJ Christopher Eugene Catenacci were fined A$5,000 (US$3,974) in Perth Magistrates Court June 5 after pleading guilty to assaulting a man the day before.

The pair was in Australia on a national club tour for Illusive Sounds.

The court was told that Necro (real name: Ron Braunstein) and Catenacci were walking through the city at 10:30 a.m. and got into an argument with a 27-year old man sitting at an outdoor café called Petit Cafe.

The 27-year-old had said to the pair, “Who the fuck are you looking at?” Necro replied, “What’s your problem, I’m not looking at you … I can look at whoever I fucking want.”

Necro then punched the man on his head and body. They crashed through a barrier outside the café and into a convenience store. Witnesses restrained the rapper – at which point the 27-year-old hit him.

At this point, Catenacci joined in and punched the man multiple times.

The victim was hospitalized, suffering a fractured cheekbone.

The two were arrested at their hotel nearby and held overnight, with their passports seized.

As a result, their show that night at the Hyde Park Hotel to be canceled. Their lawyer Michael Tudori told the court that the cancellation cost the promoter A$50,000 in refunds. About 400 tickets had already been sold at the 600-capacity venue and was expected to be a sellout by show time.

Necro was fined $3000 for the assault, and $60 in costs. Catenacci was fined $2000 for his role in the attack and also hit with $60 in costs.

Magistrate Bayly told the pair that he accepted they were minding their own business but said it was a serious assault because it took place in public, and that such behaviour had to be deterred by the courts.