TAMPA, FL (WFLA) – Rapper Kevin Gates has now been formally charged by the State’s Attorney’s Office in Polk County with battery after video showed him kicking a Lakeland teen at a concert.
Despite the incident, Gates is set to perform in the Tampa Bay area once again on Sunday at Whiskey North in Carrollwood. The show is still happening, according to owners of the bar, however on Facebook the club writes, “We absolutely condemn the shameful act,” and state, “we honestly don’t want the show.”
The club writes on Facebook they have to hold the show because of a “legally binding contract with the company who is bringing the show.” See their full Facebook response below.
Meanwhile, Gates released a new song called “Truth” where he addresses the incident. “She grabbed my (expletive), I overreacted, I’m sorry. Two and three times I had already warned her,” Gates says in the song. He goes on to say the victim isn’t innocent. “This is the same girl that was pulling out her breast and got her mother lying trying to get a check, remember who you are the end of your success,” he says.
His “apology” isn’t winning over those who aren’t happy about the rap star’s behavior. “Honestly, I just think it’s weak. I saw some people’s comments actually concurring saying, ‘You made a diss record about a fan,’” said Orlando Davis, the voice of WILD 94.1 Orlando.
Fans of the embattled rapper are going to have to find somewhere else to listen to his music. WILD is now boycotting the self-described bad boy. “We have cut ties with him,” Davis said.
Kristy Irelan-Ricks is the mother of the teen who was kicked. She called Gates’ apology a joke.
“You admit that you did something, then you want to try and lie and say why you did it. It’s a bull crap apology. You say you’re so real, keep it real,” said Irelan-Ricks who is speaking on behalf of her daughter. The girl wants privacy right now.
Gates, whose real name is Kevin Gilyard, will be served a summons for the misdemeanor charge and is due in court October 22nd.