Rapper Travis Scott is wanted for questioning after he allegedly punched a sound engineer and destroyed $12,000 worth of equipment at a Manhattan nightclub Wednesday morning.
A spokesperson for the New York City Police Department. The Times said officers in the Midtown Precinct South responded to a call from Club Nebula at around 3:25 a.m., after a sound engineer said he “engaged in a verbal dispute” with Scott, which became an argument. physical altercation.
The “Sicko Mode” rapper was performing a guest DJ set at an after-party for fellow rapper Don Toliver’s Irving Plaza concert before things allegedly got out of hand. Scott allegedly punched the 52-year-old engineer in the face, according to the NYPD, and the victim had no pain or visible injuries and refused to receive medical attention at the scene.
The 31-year-old rapper, who has not been arrested, is also accused of damaging an audio speaker and a video screen before leaving the nightclub, causing approximately $12,000 in damages.
While Scott is wanted for questioning on an allegation of assault and criminal mischief, the NYPD says the investigation is ongoing.
“It all happened very quickly,” Legends of the Night promoter Vadym Petrov told the Times on Wednesday in a written response to a question via Instagram. “Security asked us not to record.”
Petrov also said that Scott left the club immediately after the incident. And while he didn’t see everything that happened, he did notice that Scott was visibly upset with the sound person. The promoter also shared a instagram post and a story showing Scott at the event, standing behind the DJ booth, captioned “Last night before @travisscott went crazy.”
In a statement provided to The Times on Wednesday by Scott’s manager Ted Anastasiou, Club Nebula managing partner Ritchie Romero said: “This is completely blown out of proportion.”
Dorian Harrington, the talent booker who hired Toliver to host his after party at Club Nebula, was reportedly onstage with Scott during his surprise DJ set. “This is a total misunderstanding,” he said in another statement Anastasiou provided to The Times. “What I saw on stage doesn’t reflect what I read in the news. The music and the night turned out great and everyone left in peace.”
Scott’s attorney, Mitchell Schuster, also insists the incident was nothing more than a misunderstanding.
“While this is clearly a misunderstanding being blown out of proportion by clickbait and misinformation, we are actively working with the venue and law enforcement to resolve it and set the record straight,” Schuster said in a statement, also from Anastasiou. “We are confident that our client will be cleared of any wrongdoing.”
Scott, who is no stranger to controversy, will headline the Rolling Loud festival in Inglewood this weekend. It will be the first local appearance for him since his Astroworld concert in November 2021, where a fatal crush from the crowd killed 10 people.