Rapper Dababy apologised after a viral video showed him hitting a woman in the head at his concert, saying 'I wish you could've respected me'

Noel Vasquez/Getty Images for HennesseyDaBaby performs at the Hennessy All-Star Saturday Night with Nas, A$AP Ferg, & Da Baby at The Old Post Office on February 15, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois.
  • Rapper Dababy apologised after a viral video showed him hitting a woman in the head at his concert in Tampa, Florida.
  • While the rapper said he was sorry for hitting a woman, but also said she put her camera too close to him, hitting him in his eye.
  • “I apologise that it went the way it went, but I wish you could’ve respected me the way I would have respected you,” he said in a video posted to Instagram.
  • Earlier in the day, he had offered $US10,000 to anyone who could provide another camera angle showing the woman first hit him with her phone.
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Rapper Dababy apologised Sunday after a video showing him hitting a woman in the head at his “Up Close N Personal” concert in Tampa, Florida on Saturday, went viral.

“I do sincerely apologise,” the rapper said in a video posted to his Instagram story. “I’m very sorry that that was a female on the other end of that flashlight – on that phone.”

According to a TMZ report, law enforcement officials said the woman who was hit refused treatment from EMS workers. The woman said she wasn’t the one who hit Dababy with her phone and said it was another woman standing next to her, the report said.

The rapper left the club without performing and was gone before police arrived, according to TMZ.

The video shared to social media showed a woman recording the 28-year-old rapper with what appeared to be her cell phone with the flash on as he walked past at the Whiskey North venue in Tampa.

“Keep in mind, I couldn’t see you cause you got the flash this close to me,” Dababy, whose real name is Jonathan Kirk, said, gesturing to indicate that the flash was close to his face. “Which is OK. It’s no problem, a lot of people did. They didn’t put it as close as you put it, but a lot of people had flash on me, and that’s OK. That’s what I sign up for,” he added.

Dababy, who called shows “dangerous,” said the woman should have just “zoomed in” on him instead of putting her phone so close to his face.

“How many people know how to zoom in? Just zoom instead of popping me in the mother f—–g eye with a phone,” the “Bop” rapper said.

Specifically, he apologised for hitting a woman and said it was “a well-known fact that male or female” he would have reacted the same. He added that while there was security at the venue, he asked them to keep out of the way of his fans because he wanted to “respect” them since they paid to be at his performance.

“I apologise that it went the way it went, but I wish you could’ve respected me the way I would have respected you,” he said.”

The rapper had earlier in the day offered $US10,000 to anyone who could provide another camera angle more clearly showing the woman he said hit him first with her cell phone.

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