Busta Rhymes arrested for assault after allegedly throwing protein shake at man in the gym

The incident is thought to have taken place in New York on Wednesday (August 5)

Busta Rhymes was arrested on Wednesday (August 5) and charged with assault following an alleged incident at a New York City gym.

According to Billboard, the incident is thought to have taken place at Steel Gym in the neighbourhood of Chelsea at around 8.30pm local time.

The US rapper and producer is accused of throwing a protein shake at a fellow gym-goer following a dispute. It is alleged that he threw a half-litre cardboard container of strawberry protein drink at the man’s head.


Rhymes, real name Trevor Tahiem Smith Jr, has been charged with second degree assault. It’s not known whether the victim was injured during the furore, but it’s being reported that he refused medical attention.

A lawyer for Rhymes has said that the accusations are “untrue” and that he is confident the rapper would beat the charges. The lawyer is quoted by TMZ as saying that the allegations were “another attempt to take advantage of Busta’s celebrity status.”

Late last year, Busta Rhymes suffered a bloody head injury after falling off stage during a New York gig.

The rapper was a surprise guest at his protégé OT Genasis’ show in November. Dancing at the edge of the stage, Busta appeared to lose his footing and fall into the crowd.

The 42-year-old later took to Twitter to confirm he was “super good” and that the incident wouldn’t stop him performing at “level 10”.

Busta Rhymes’ next album ‘ELE2 (Extinction Level Event 2)’ is expected for 2016, the sequel to his 1998 album ‘ELE (Extinction Level Event): The Final World Front’. His last album was 2012’s ‘Year Of The Dragon’.