Afroman, known for his 2001 anthem “Because I Got High,” has settled a lawsuit with a female fan he punched during a concert in 2015.
The assault happened at the Kress Live nightclub in Biloxi, Miss., where Afroman was performing in celebration Mardi Gras. While the rapper was playing his guitar, the woman, identified as Haley Byrd, got up on stage and started dancing behind him. That’s when Afroman swung around and punched her.
Byrd filed a civil lawsuit against the nightclub and Afroman, who pleaded guilty to assaulting the concertgoer. The suit also claims that Afroman defamed her by releasing a song about the assault titled “Stay f the Stage.” The rapper admitted that the song was about Byrd and the incident. According to lyrics presented in court documents, the song contained pranity and slander with phrases like "go be a stripper" and "gold digging hoe."
Byrd’s attorney Tim Holleman told WLOX News last week that the case was scheduled to go to trial, but a settlement was reached before the proceedings. However, details the agreement won't be revealed until both parties have signed the documents. Byrd also settled with Kress Live as well.
Attorneys for Afroman had no comment on the matter.