Rapper G-Eazy arrested, charged with assault after alleged altercation in New York

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Police arrested and charged rapper G-Eazy with assault Monday after he allegedly hit two people in New York City, police say.

A 29-year-old and 32-year-old man accused G-Eazy, 32, whose real name is Gerald Gillum, of punching each of them in the face around 1 a.m. Friday, according to a police spokesperson from the New York City Police Department. Neither victim was hospitalized at the time of the incident, according to police.

USA TODAY has reached out to reps for G-Eazy for comment.

Two days after the alleged incident, G-Eazy made an appearance at the 2021 Video Music Awards in New York, wearing a bright green suit with black pants. The slate of performers at the event included Lil Nas X, Justin Bieber, Doja Cat, Camila Cabello, Olivia Rodrigo and Machine Gun Kelly.

At the event, fellow rapper Machine Gun Kelly (real name Colson Baker) also appeared to scuffle with Irish MMA fighter Conor McGregor before going backstage. Photos and videos appear to show Kelly and McGregor, 33, being held apart by security, and with Kelly's girlfriend Megan Fox shielding him.

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G-Eazy shot to stardom in 2014 with his first major-label album, "These Things Happen" and is known for hit songs including "No Limit," "1942," "Good Life" and "Calm Down." He announced his highly anticipated upcoming album, "These Things Happen Too" will release Sept. 24, and recently collaborated with Demi Lovato for their song "Breakdown."

In 2016, the "Me, Myself & I" rapper spoke to USA TODAY about his experience performing the "(Expletive) Donald Trump" remix with YG, which also features Macklemore at Brooklyn's Barclays Center, which is also the location of this year's VMAs.

"Man, I see everybody's hands go up and people scream those words at the top of their lungs. I just feel like that's a really important song right now," he said at the time. "It's important to stand up and talk about it, so we perform that every single night."

He continued: "When you're upsetting people at that level and the message is being heard, they feel scared and they feel like your influence is being felt. That means you're getting to them."

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Contributing: Patrick Ryan

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: G-Eazy arrested, rapper charged with assault in New York

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