On Friday (March 24), Kevin Gates was arrested again, on the day he was originally set to be released from jail. According to TMZ, Gates was on the cusp of freedom until authorities spotted an outstanding weapons-related warrant in his files. Gates was sent back into jail and has a hearing scheduled later for today.
In 2015, Gates was charged with battery after he allegedly kicked a female fan in the chest during a show in Florida.
WFLA reports that 19-year-old Miranda Dixon claimed that she tugged at Gates’ pants twice in hopes of getting his attention for her friend. “I was trying to get his attention for my friend,” she said during the trial. Dixon alleged that the “2 Phones” rapper kicked her so hard that she passed out.
On the stand, Gates admitted to kicking her, but only as a form of self-defense. “I kicked them, I wanted them off me,” he said.
A jury of six women found Gates guilty and sentenced him to 180 days in prison. Because of his prison stint, Gates was also forced to skip out on several performances, including an appearance at 2016 Voodoo Fest.
Gates’ rep offered no comment.
By Carl Lamarre
Courtesy of Billboard