XXXtentacion's Lawyer Downplays Old Assault Footage
(AllHipHop News) Recently-unearthed video footage appearing to show embattled rapper XXXtentacion hitting a woman was filmed "in jest," according to the star's lawyer.
The "Look At Me!" hitmaker is already under investigation relating to his 2016 domestic violence arrest, but prosecutors in Florida are now reportedly examining old cell phone footage, which emerged online this week (begs26Mar18), showing XXXTentacion dancing with a woman, before smacking her on the side of her head.
It's not clear how the video may affect the MC's ongoing legal issue, as he is also facing felony charges of witness tampering, after allegedly coercing his girlfriend to not testifying against him.
However, XXXTentacion's attorney, Jaclyn Broudy, has played down the cellphone video controversy, telling TMZ.com the rapper and the woman in the clip are good friends, adding, "The video was taken completely in jest."
Broudy also questions the suspicious timing of the video's release, and claims her client is a changed man.
The new drama comes days after XXXTentacion, real name Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy, was granted permission to head out on tour while serving house arrest.
He was handed the punishment and ordered to wear an ankle monitor in December after authorities filed the 15 counts of witness tampering against him.
He will now be able to promote his new album, ?, which landed him his first U.S. number one on Sunday.