The footage in question showed the Florida rapper (real name Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy) dancing behind a woman, who was filming herself, before he appeared to hit her hard on the side of her head.
The rapper – real name Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy – was reportedly suing the woman for fraud and defamation after she released the footage online.
When the woman posted the footage on Instagram initially, she wrote: “For those who are questioning why I didn’t come forth earlier was because I was terrified for my life”. XXXTentacion alleged that the lawsuit was a response to her and her family who were attempting to extort him.
As of May 8, the woman has notified XXXTentacion’s legal team to amend her report, resulting in the rapper withdrawing his lawsuit. The statement was published by TMZ and makes light of the video, reporting that it was a joke.
The statement reads: “The day the video was posted, I was contacted by one of Jahseh’s managers and I told him the truth: that I did not release the video and don’t know how someone got it and posted it online”
“The video was taken years ago when Jahseh and I were both kids and were just joking around. I was not injured as a result of what happened nor did it negatively affect my personal life”
She continued: “I will not be pursuing any claims against him and I hope that people see the video in the playful context in which it was recorded and nothing more”
Last year, the rapper was released from prison and put on “very strict house arrest conditions”, after a document from an ex-girlfriend was filed claiming that she no longer wants XXXTentacion to be prosecuted for domestic abuse against her. However, his house arrest was lifted.