Kevin Gates says he was acting in self-defense when he kicked a female fan in Flordia in August 2015.
TMZ reports that the “2 Phones” rapper used Florida’s Stand Your Ground law in new documents filed for the case. Gates argues that the fan, Miranda Dixon, grabbed him twice during the performance. Gates claims that he gave Dixon a verbal warning after the first grabbed, when she grabbed the second time he claims she tried to pull him off the stage. Gates says it was within his right to use force and prevent her from inflicting any injury. Gates wants the judge to throw the case out.
Kevin Gates was charged with battery. After the incident, Miranda Dixon reportedly remained at the venue for some time, she eventually took herself to the hospital and had to undergo a CT scan. Dixon’s mother, Kristy Irelan, spoke to WFLA about the situation a few days later.
“She told me that she was excited to see him and next thing she knows she was kicked in the chest and she was passed out,” Irelan said.
“It pisses me off. I don’t care who you are – an NFL player, just a regular person or a rapper – you don’t come to anybody’s hometown and kick anybody – she did not deserve that.”
Unrelated, Gates went on Twitter to announce that since his label won’t let him release another album until February 2017, he plans to drop Murder For Hire 2 in the near future.