Afroman Arrested For Punching Fan

Mississippi rapper Afroman has been arrested for misdemeanor simple assault after punching a fan at a Tuesday night concert in Biloxi.

The 40-year-old rapper, whose real name is Joseph Foreman, was released by Biloxi police after posting $330 bond, said Biloxi Police Chief John Miller.

“My understanding is (the woman) got up on stage, and he hit her,” Miller said.

A video posted on various news outlet and entertainment websites appears to show a female fan coming on stage and approaching rapper who turns and punches her in the face.

Chase Taylor, who owns Kress Live where the rapper was performing, said the concert was stopped.

“Afroman was about five songs into his set when the incident occurred. 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,” Taylor said.

The rapper’s representative said in a statement the rapper didn’t know if the fan was a man or a woman and just reacted to someone being on the stage. The representative called the rapper’s action a “reflex.”

“This was a completely involuntary reflex reaction to people infringing on his stage space,” the representative said. “It was uncharacteristic behavior that was initiated by outside uncontrolled forces.”

The representative said there was poor security at the event.

Afroman was nominated for a Grammy in 2002 for “Because I Got High,” a comedic song about smoking marijuana. He lives in Hattiesburg.