Rapper DaBaby hits photographer with equipment, sheriff says

New York (CNN) — Rapper DaBaby went on a homophobic tirade Saturday at the 2018 Rolling Loud Festival in Los Angeles, CNN affiliate KTLA reported. He was “punched” and “blew up” a photographer’s equipment…

Rapper DaBaby hits photographer with equipment, sheriff says

New York (CNN) — Rapper DaBaby went on a homophobic tirade Saturday at the 2018 Rolling Loud Festival in Los Angeles, CNN affiliate KTLA reported.

He was “punched” and “blew up” a photographer’s equipment on stage, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore told CNN, without specifying what set DaBaby off.

Whitmore said a Los Angeles Police Department deputy was en route to investigate the incident but could not say when the officer would arrive or what he would do.

(The KTLA video showed a broken monitor, glass on the ground and equipment with its cable torn.)

“Here we go with another instance of one of our LGBTQIA community members being subjected to hate-based language and calls,” Variety correspondent Matt Grobar wrote in a tweet shortly after the incident.

Speaking to CNN by phone Saturday afternoon, Fabian Gonzalez, DaBaby’s manager, declined to comment about the incident but said his client would have more to say after he’d had more time to recover. He added that the rapper had not yet spoke with KTLA.

After being criticized by viewers for its last Rolling Loud performance, two days after Chicago rapper Lil Peep died of apparent suicide, DaBaby put out a statement through a publicist, saying he didn’t think “the MC’s mental state” was “acceptable to me.”

He also criticized the gender identity of K. Michael, who was kicked off the stage after a social media fight with members of Lil Peep’s family that continued after the rapper’s death, BuzzFeed News reported.

Lil Peep and DaBaby performed together in Hollywood on Friday, but a photo uploaded to Instagram with the caption “friends” showed the rapper, who uses only male pronouns, hugging Gonzalez instead of the rapper’s brother.

On Saturday night, during the Rolling Loud set, DaBaby got angry after a photographer took pictures of him holding a booty.

“Stop taking s–t so seriously,” DaBaby said to fans. “You took a picture of me holding this booty thing. You know why? You look cute.”

“Who’d have you at that booty s–t in the first place? Because you’re gay,” he continued. “So gay suck my d–k and know you gay, bitch.”

After a few moments, the rapper cut off his microphone and started ranting about gay people living with HIV and that Kanye West should fire drag queens who dress like him.

Lil Peep’s mother, Liza Womack, posted an Instagram message following the incident, calling it “hurtful” and “painful” and saying she hopes DaBaby “learns what love is.”

“Make sure to educate yourself and everyone in your life about those with HIV, you have a responsibility,” she wrote. “Your words have the power to (do) more harm then good.”

“Whoever put you on that stage can [help you] grow and learn, not do harm to anyone for what you choose to see in the world.”

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