Rapper Busta Rhymes has been arrested and charged with assault in New York, police said Aug. 20. According to the New York Daily News, Rhymes (real name: Trevor Smith) was investigated for assaulting a concertgoer who may have spit on the artist’s car at yesterday’s AmsterJam festival at Randall’s Island.
Rhymes performed solo and in collaboration with Yerba Buena at AmsterJam, and also took numerous opportunities to promote his recent album, “The Big Bang” (he wore a yellow T-shirt emblazoned with the title).
Having been tipped off that the police were looking for him after his set, Rhymes and his entourage tried to leave the area but were arrested around 8 p.m. Saturday. He was questioned for several hours and then released.
The Daily News says police utilized the opportunity to question Rhymes about the Feb. 5 murder of his bodyguard, Israel Ramirez, during a Brooklyn video shot. Rhymes has to this point refused to cooperate with investigators.
According to the Daily News, police believe the shooting stemmed from a fight involving G-Unit rapper Tony Yayo, in whose car the shooter is believed to have escaped. Yayo has also declined to be interviewed about the case.