BILOXI, Miss. (CelebrityAccess) — Musician Afroman was arrested after a show at Kress Live in Biloxi, Miss on Tuesday for punching a female fan in the face.
Afroman, best known for his hit "Because I got High" is seen in a video obtained by TMZ performing with a guitar on stage with a woman dancing behind him. Then, seemingly without warning, he turns and punchs the woman in the face, knocking her to the ground, before continuing with the song.
According to TMZ, Afroman continued to play while security removed the woman from the stage while the house lights came up. Afroman was then arrested by police.
A representative for Afroman later told Billboard that the performer was unaware of the woman behind him and reacted when she startled him.
"This was a completely involuntary reflex reaction to people infringing on his stage space," The rep told Billboard. "It was uncharacteristic behavior that was initiated by outside uncontrolled forces."
The rep also noted the lack of security at the venue and noted that Afroman often has problems with fans trying to join him on stage.
On Wednesday, Afroman issued a public apology for the incident and told TMZ that he plans to check into a 'facility' to help address his anger issues. He also said that he thought the person behind him might have been a male who had been heckling him throughout the show.
"I'm up there trying to do a job. Honestly, I didn't know a girl was behind me when I swung," he told TMZ. "I thought the girls had already left the stage and after hearing this guy for a few songs, I thought it was him.
"Everyone knows I love my fans," he added. "I get to shows early just to interact with the people that love my music." – Staff Writers