Newswire: Rapper Kevin Gates sentenced to six months of jail time for kicking fan

Rapper Kevin Gates has been sentenced to 180 days of jail time, with some consideration for time served, after being convicted of battery by a Florida court. The charges stem from an incident last year, in which a fan, Miranda Dixon, repeatedly tried to grab Gates’ legs during a concert. Gates responded by first moving away from the woman, and then, when a second incident occurred, kicking her. Gates later tried to claim self-defense, but security guards testified at the trial that there was room for the rapper to back up on the stage if he didn’t want to be touched.

Gates is a rising star in the rap world, with his most recent album, Islah, drawing strong praise from multiple outlets, including The A.V. Club, and landing at No. 2 on the Billboard 200.

[via Billboard]

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