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Afroman To Pay $65K To Fan He Punched

Afroman To Pay $65K To Fan He Punched

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BILOXI, Miss. (CelebrityAccess) Afroman is settling a lawsuit filed by a woman he punched onstage in 2015, agreeing to pay her $65,000.

A judgment in Harrison County Circuit Court says Afroman must pay Haley Byrd in monthly installments of $10,000 and, if not, owe her $125,000, according to the Sun Herald.

Afroman was performing at a free Mardi Gras concert in Biloxi, Miss., when Byrd got on stage and danced. Afroman, real name Joseph Edgar Foreman, turned around and punched her. Byrd reportedly suffered a concussion. She sued Afroman and the owner of the venue.

Byrd also said Afroman, known for the song “Because I Got High,” defamed her in a song about the assault,“Stay Off The Stage,” according to the Associated Press.

Afroman previously pleaded guilty to an assault charge and agreed to anger management classes and drug testing as part of his probation, according to NME. The settlement ends a potential civil case that was expected to start May 22.

The star previously apologized for his action, saying he was frustrated by fans at the show and that a man kept heckling him, according to NME. He said he did not know if the person he punched was a man or a woman.

“It was an early show. It was Mardi Gras,” he told TMZ in 2015. “I had to walk about half a mile to get to the place. I had my frustrations to make a long story short.”

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