Joey Bada$$ arrested following alleged assault at Australian music festival

Bada$$ is alleged to have struck a security guard at Australia's Falls Music Festival

Joey Bada$$ has reportedly been charged with assault at a music festival in Australia.

The US rapper – real name Jo-Vaughn Jalani Virginie – allegedly struck a security guard who challenged him at around 8.30pm on Friday (January 2). He appeared at the festival later that evening.

A police statement, as reported by Sydney Morning Herald, reads: “A 20-year-old man was allegedly punched in the face by a man while working as a security guard at the festival. The man was treated for a broken nose and other facial injuries.”


Bada$$ was arrested after his performance and was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm. He reportedly refused bail and appeared at Lismore Bail Court on Saturday. He is due to appear at Byron Bay Local Court on March 19.

The rapper releases his debut album on January 20 – his 20th birthday. ‘B4.Da.$$’ features guest appearances from Raury, Kiesza and BJ The Chicago Kid among others. The tracks ‘No. 99’, ‘Big Dusty’, Christ Conscious’ and ‘Curry Chicken’ have already been shared online. A new track, ‘On And On’, was revealed on New Year’s Eve – click below to listen.

The tracklisting is as follows:

‘Save The Children’
‘Greenbax (Introlude)’
‘Paper Trail$’
‘Piece of Mind’
‘Big Dusty’
‘Hazeus View’
‘Like Me’ (Feat. BJ The Chicago Kid)
‘Belly of the Beast’ (Feat. Chronixx)
‘No. 99’
‘Christ Conscious’
‘On & On’ (Feat. Maverick Sabre & Dymeond Lewis)
‘Escape 120’ (Feat. Raury)
‘Black Beetles’
‘Curry Chicken’
‘Run Up On Ya’ (Feat. Action Bronson & Elle Varner)
‘Teach Me’ (feat. Kiesza)