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By Natalie Neysa Alund/USA Today
While performing on stage at Cryto.com Arena Wednesday, footage obtained by USA TODAY appears to show the rapper toss a microphone off the stage. The mic was apparently “non-functioning equipment,” according to Rolling Stone and NBC News.
Shortly after, someone handed 50 Cent another microphone, which Rolling Stone reported “was evidently also not working.” This time, video shows him launch the second mic off to the same area of the stage with seemingly greater force. The scene took place while pyrotechnics shoot into the air at the front of the stage and music continues to play.
The rapper’s attorney, Scott Leemon, denied claims his client intended to strike a fan, he said in a statement to USA TODAY Friday.
Leemon also indicated he spoke with police about incident.
“Let’s be very clear, as I told LAPD this afternoon, my client Curtis would never intentionally strike anyone with a microphone,” Leemon said. “Anyone saying something different doesn’t have all the facts and is misinformed.”
The fan in the crowd allegedly hit by the mic is not captured in the footage.
No incident report or charges filed, police say
Los Angeles Police Department Officer Drake Madison told USA TODAY he could not locate a LAPD call response or a report being filed at the arena.
Video, photos show alleged injured concertgoer: ‘I just want them to check my brain’
“I just want them to check my brain,” the woman says in another video the outlet posted. “I just want to make sure ain’t nothing bleeding.”
Subsequent TMZ photos show her laying down, lifting up gauze and revealing a large gash on her forehead.
USA TODAY has reached out to the radio host and the radio station for comment.