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

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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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