Rapper Kevin Gates charged with simple battery after he kicked a teenage girl in the chest.
The Lakeland Police Department has charged Kevin Gates with simple battery for kicking an 18-year-old woman in the chest/stomach area during his performance at Rumors nightclub on Friday (August 28).
The incident, which was caught on tape and has now gone viral, shows Miranda Dixon reaching towards the stage to touch the rapper’s leg. As soon as she made contact, Kevin (real name Kevin Jerome Gilyard), reacted by kicking her in the chest.
The affidavit reads:
The kick was with such force that it pushed the victim back into the crowd. The victim stated that she was dazed and lost her breath. The victim collapsed a short time after the kick and had to be helped to her feet by concerned fans.
The victim left the club and reported the incident to police and obtained medical treatment later that day.
The battery was captured by cellphone video and Rumos surveillance cameras. These videos have been placed into evidence at the Lakeland Police Department.
The battery on the victim was intentional and against the victim’s will. The victim in this case wants to pursue charges on the defendant.