Days after Kidz In The Hall rapper Naledge was arrested for allegedly interfering with a police investigation of an altercation inside a Tempe, AZ nightclub, the duos manager is coming forward to set the record straight with his take on what really happened at the venue.
Naledge (born Jabari Miles Evans) was taken in to police custody early Saturday morning (July 26) shortly after a fight broke out at the Cherry Lounge & Pit, according to Tempe police spokesman Sgt. Steve Carbajal.
The rapper and fellow Kidz In The Hall member Double-O were scheduled to perform that night at the club.
A police report detailing the incident noted that Naledge was charged with violating a city code of obstructing justice after he was physically removed from the scene after refusing several police commands to leave a crime scene.
The Chicago-based rapper, who was taken to the Tempe City Jail, was later released after posting $500 bail.
Although he confirmed that Naledge was arrested outside the Cherry Lounge & Pit, Kidz In The Halls manager Dan Solomito revealed that Naledge did not witness the incident, which centered around an assault of Double O by several bouncers after Kidz In The Hall finished performing at the club.
Instead, the manager explained that the rappers actions were anything but threatening to the police.
“Naledge’s attempt to get medical assistance for Double-O was misconstrued as a hindrance to the investigation,” Solomito told AllHipHop.com in a statement. “Reports that no injuries were sustained are false as Double O was taken to the hospital with multiple injuries from the excessive force used by club security.”
Solomito further revealed that Double-O was taken to a hospital where he underwent surgery for one of his injuries on Sunday morning (July 27).
At this time, Double-O is “still in the hospital, but in stable condition,” Solomito added.
Saturday’s incident marks the first time Kidz In The Hall encountered trouble at one of their performances with concert security, the club or police, Solomito said.
The group, which is among the acts performing at this year’s Rock the Bells festival, has traveled to more than 10 countries and performed at more than 200 shows in the last two years.