Rapper DaBaby arrested and charged with battery

It follows an alleged incident outside a hotel in Miami

US rapper DaBaby has been arrested in Miami and is currently being held on a battery charge.

The North Carolina musician — real name Jonathan Kirk — was arrested in the Florida city last night (January 2) after arguing with a music promoter over payment for a live performance, according to local police.

According to AP, police later found an outstanding warrant for DaBaby’s arrest from Texas on a separate battery charge. The ‘Kirk’ rapper is due to make an appearance in court later today (January 3), and will stay in custody at the Miami-Dade jail until further notice.


The arrest report states that last night’s incident began at the Novotel Miami Brickell, where DaBaby was staying. The rapper got into an argument with a local music promoter after he was reportedly underpaid for a scheduled performance at Cafe Iguana.

DaBaby then demanded the money as an argument broke out, and the rapper then allegedly punched a man who was with the music promoter.


The man who was punched alleged that one of the men who was with DaBaby then took his mobile phone, his bank card and $80 in cash.

Police arrested the rapper later in the evening at the hotel after the two men identified him to the authorities. The report adds that DaBaby denied involvement in the incident.

This latest incident comes only days after the rapper was handcuffed and cited for marijuana possession following a concert in North Carolina on Christmas Eve.


He later protested his innocence on his Instagram stories, and claimed that police were preventing him from performing in his hometown of Charlotte.

He said at the time: “Dirty ass police department try to take me to jail every time I got a show in the city.”

In November 2018, DaBaby was arrested in connection with a fatal altercation at a Walmart in North Carolina. A man was shot and killed during the fight, but DaBaby insisted he never pulled the trigger. He was later convicted of misdemeanour carrying a concealed weapon.

He was handed a suspended 30-day jail sentence and 12 months of unsupervised probation.